|Dr Asma Hilali
Asma Hilali is an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Lille, France. Dr Hilali has worked in various research centres in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom. Her main interest is the transmission of religious texts in early and mediaeval Islam. She is the author of The Sanaa Palimpsest: The Transmission of the Qur'an in the First Centuries AH (Oxford University Press, 2020), and her latest publication is the edited volume The Making of Religious Texts in Islam: The Fragment and the Whole (Gerlach, 2017).
|Davidson MacLaren, MA
Davidson MacLaren is research associate for cultural heritage at Universität Hamburg’s Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), Germany. He is a specialist in the care and management of cultural heritage, especially Islamicate manuscripts, who has lived in worked in Turkey and Arab countries for over 20 years. His research interests include cultural property protection and heritage ethics, Arabic-script calligraphy, Ottoman treatises on artists’ materials and tools, Ottoman Sufism, and Islamicate olfactory cultures.
Kristine Rose-Beers, ACR, is head of conservation at the Chester Beatty in Dublin, Ireland, and an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) with over 18 years of experience in manuscript conservation. Her research interests include the conservation of Islamic manuscript material, early binding structures, and the use of pigments and dyes in medieval manuscripts. Recent publications include: ‘Indo-Persian Histories from the Object Out: The St Andrews Qur'an Manuscript between Timurid, Safavid, Mughal, and Deccani Worlds’ in Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Cultures, and Talent in Circulation, 1400–1700 (Indiana University Press, 2020) and 'Investigating the Palette of the Ruzbihan Qur’an’, in Lapis and Gold: Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an (Paul Holberton, 2018).
|Khaoula Trad, MA
Khaoula Trad is a research associate at Universität Hamburg, Germany, and a PhD student within the ERC project COBHUNI working on the imagination of the unborn in al-Maghrib and al-Andalus during the 12th and 13th centuries. Her recent publications are about the recensions of Muslim’s collection of hadith in the Islamic West and the impact of Maghribi hadith commentaries in al-Mashriq.
|Prof. Dr Jonathan Brockopp
Former Director (2018–21) and Member
Jonathan Brockopp, professor of history, religious studies, and philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University, USA, has worked on the Kairouan collection of manuscripts for over 25 years. A specialist on early Muslim scholarly communities, his most recent publications include ‘MS Chester Beatty 3001 and the apotheosis of Malik b. Anas (d. 179/795)’, JSAI (2020) and Muhammad's Heirs: The Rise of Muslim Scholarly Communities, 622–950 (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Prof. Dr Brockopp was director of the KMP from 2018 to 2021.
|Prof. Dr Walid Saleh
Walid Saleh is professor of Islamic studies at the University of Toronto, Canada. Saleh is a specialist on the Qur’an and history of its interpretation (tafsir). He is also a specialist on Arabic paleography and manuscripts. Saleh is the author of The Formation of the Classical Tafsīr Tradition: The Qur’ān Commentary of al-Tha‘labī (d. 427/1035) (Brill, 2004) and In Defense of the Bible: A Critical Edition and an Introduction to al-Biqā‘ī’s Bible Treatise (Brill, 2008).
|Dr Wes Thiessen
Wes Thiessen lived and worked in Kairouan for 15 years, specializing his academic work on the formation of the Mudawwana of Imam Sahnun. He is currently a family mediator with Resolve Legal Group in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, specializing in cross-cultural conflict, and the pastor of Dalemead Church in Dalemead, Alberta, Canada. He also provides conflict consulting and coaching services through his own private practice, Understanding the Other, and participates actively in interfaith dialogue to more fully understand others with integrity and respect.