MACFEST 2024: Stories and Storytelling in Islamic Manuscripts

  • DATE

    23 May 2024

  • TIME

    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome



Join researcher Jake Benson to discover the myriad tales and spell-binding illustrations found in the Islamic manuscripts at Manchester’s John Rylands Library. This virtual event will take you up-close and personal with storytelling traditions from across the Islamic world.

Jake will turn the pages of some of the Rylands’s most beautiful illustrated manuscripts, written in Arabic, Farsi and Turkish. From the famous telling by Scheherazade of the ‘Thousand and One Nights’, to animal fables like Kalilah wa Dimna and tales of star-crossed lovers, you are sure to be enchanted.

Introduced by: Elizabeth Gow, manuscript curator