Vol. 13 No. 2 June 2007
Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research.
Mr. Mustafa Dehqan, MA - specialist in Kurdish Studies with an interest in the literature and religions of Kurdistan. He earned a bachelor's degree in Historical Studies and a master's in Historical Linguistics from the University of Tehran. Author of the numerous articles in the field.
Dr. David James is the author of several works on the arts of the Islamic book, especially calligraphy and illumination. He was lecturer in Arabic at University College, Dublin, Islamic Curator of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and Curator of the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London. Now he lives and works in Spain.
Dr. Elisabeth Puin - MA thesis in German Literature on "Baroque German Travelogues to Persia", articles on Mamluk coinage, Ph.D. in Islamic Studies on "Modern Islamic Religious Posters and Symbolism". Currently working on palaeographic and textual analysis of early Qur'an manuscripts.
Prof. Dr. Marina L. Reisner - Professor of the Department of Iranian Philology at the State Moscow University Insti¬tute of Asian and African Studies, specialist in medieval Persian poetry and culture, author of numerous publications in the field.
Prof. Dr. Efim A. Rezvan - Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles dealing with Russian-Arab relations, history of Islam and Oriental studies computing.
Mr. Keith E. Small - Post-graduate student and part-time lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, Northwood, Greater London. He is pursuing doctoral studies in the New Testament and the Qur'an. His research interests are in textual criticism in the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament and the Qur'an, as well as issues of comparative textual history and canonicity.
Mrs. Olga V. Vasilieva - Head of the Oriental sector in the Manuscript Department of the National Library of Russia. Fields of interest - the arts of the book in the Middle East, history of the Oriental manuscripts' collections, old Turkish literary prose.