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Public Policy and Engagement

BBC2: Vikings

'Vikings', broadcast in November 2012, features Professor James Montgomery talking about contacts between the Vikings and Arab traders in the 10th century and Arab perceptions of Viking culture using a manuscript from the Cambridge University Library's Collection of Islamic manuscripts. Organization of the filming in the Cambridge University Library and the background research for the programme was carried out by Catherine Ansorge.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time

'Al-Kindi', first broadcast on 28 June 2012, features Professor James Montgomery and Dr Amira K Bennison talking about the life and work of the Arab philosopher al-Kindi.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time

'The Written Word' (Episode 3), first broadcast on 4 January 2012, features Professor James Montgomery about the transmission of texts in the early centuries of Islam using Qur'ans and literary and historical texts from the Cambridge University Library's Collection of Islamic manuscripts. Background research on the manuscripts was carried out by Catherine Ansorge.

Civilizations in Contact

A new web-based history learning resource called Civilizations in ContactOnline is being created to demonstrate, through texts, illustrations and maps, the interconnections that existed between civilizations and cultures in the pre-modern era (before 1800 CE). This online resource will be supplemented by teaching materials, publications and outreach activities aiming to increase interest in and knowledge of these interconnections, and to make the results of academic research accessible to a wide audience.

First volume of the Turkish translation and abridged version of al-Ṭabarī’s ‘History’, dated 1413.