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Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away – Episode 5, LJS 43

On October 8, 2018, Dr. Brandon Hawk and curator Dot Porter met to talk about these ancient books, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. This series is a record of those discussions.

LJS 43 – Qaṣāʼid, a collection of Lyric Poems

In this video we talk about at LJS 43, a sixteenth-century collection of poetry from Persia. We compare the illuminated headers and the framing of the text with the design of the Star Wars manuscripts, and how the headers and frames in the Jedi texts would help Rey (or anyone else) read and understand them.

Online record and digital images of LJS 43:

A video orientation to this manuscript can be found at:

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Manuscript Monday: LJS 43 – Qaṣāʼid

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 43, Qaṣāʼid  / Shah Qāsim wa-ghayruhu min taṣānīfihi, by Shah Qāsim. This manuscript was written in Persia, between 1575 and 1599, in Arabic or Persian, and it is a collection in 4 sections of rubāʻīyāt (quatrains) and qaṣāʼid (lyric poems).

See the full online facsimile of this work in Penn in Hand.