Arabic Books and Astronomy in Seventeenth-Century Oxford
Professor Julia Bray of Oxford's Faculty of Oriental Studies presents a pilot project to photograph and document seventeenth-century Oxford astronomers’ annotations in Arabic books and manuscripts in the Bodleian and St John’s College Libraries.
Art, Music, and Craft: The Mosul Handbag - Oxford's Christmas Light Festival
Join the Multaka team for a jam-packed hour of fun family craft and activities—and learn about what may be the oldest handbag in the world!
This beautifully crafted bag—made over 600 year ago for a noble woman in Mosul, Iraq—has silver and gold decoration with geometric patterns and scenes from court life, including a banquet, musicians, and huntsmen.
You’ll have a go at the art of calligraphy, learn some simple Arabic words, and make and decorate your own bag.