Aims and objectives
The project aims at contacting archives holding Arabic and Arabic-Malayalam manuscripts and lithographs. We will sample texts from two public and one private archive and record recitations of selected texts by traditional performers. We aim at preparing for a major project by a. locating more archives (including signed agreements for digitisation), b. providing estimates for the volume of manuscripts / lithographs to be scanned, c. training and equipping at least one local student. The project is expected to uncover a yet-unexplored link in the medieval Muslim Indian Ocean literary and scholarly networks that evolved in and around the Malabar Coast.