Geoffrey Roper

Dr Geoffrey Roper is an international bibliographical and information consultant, specialising in the Middle East and Muslim world. From 1982 to 2003, he was head of the Islamic Bibliography Unit at the University of Cambridge, and editor of Index Islamicus, the major current comprehensive bibliography and search tool for publications on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. He has also been editor of the Al-Furqan Foundation's World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts, Chairman of the Middle East Libraries Committee (MELCOM-UK) and contributor to various reference works.

He has researched, written and lectured extensively on bibliography and the history of the book in the Muslim world, has curated exhibitions on the subject at Cambridge University Library and the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, and has been a convener of all three of the Symposia on the History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East (Mainz 2002, Paris 2005, Leipzig 2008). He is a contributor and adviser to the Khatt Foundation (Centre for Arabic Typography), the web portal of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), and the international Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq Research Project. He is also Associate Editor (Muslim world) of the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010) and Co-Editor of the forthcoming Handbook of the History of Printing in Europe and the Mediterranean (Vienna).


Dr Geoffrey Roper* 1. History of Iraq's Creativity as Revealed by Manuscript Production Even in the earliest period of Islam, Iraq assumed a leading role in the production of written texts. The city of Kufa, which was founded as its administrative capital in 17 H/638 CE, was in the first two...
Figure 1-2: Geoffrey Roper presenting his lecture in the "1001 Inventions" conference. © FSTC 2010. In this brief presentation, my aim is to make a few points about the transmission of Muslim scientific texts, and how the physical means by...
By Geoffrey Roper*   Figure 1: Dr Geoffrey Roper (Source).   Dr Geoffrey Roper is an international bibliographical and library consultant, working with the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London and other...