Mediating Scripture: Judeo-Persian Tobit as Global Crossroads


WHEN December 8-9, 2021
1-7 PM WHERE Zoom Webinar WHO NYU Abu Dhabi By Invitation Interested scholars please contact


This symposium is occasioned by the recent discovery of the only-known Judeo-Persian copy of the apocryphal Book of Tobit, one of the most uplifting stories of the Old Testament which has inspired explosions in the arts. Commissioned in 1600 in the City of Lār, the interdisciplinary and global crossroads of the manuscript provides an important case study of global early modernity within a research agenda that includes global art history, Judeo-Persian, and Judeo-Arabic studies, diplomatic and commercial relations, biblical studies, and natural philosophy of language. A two-day symposium brings prominent scholars into a conversation about the significance of the global iterations and variations of the remarkable story and iconography of the Book of Tobit. On the occasion of this symposium, the manuscript will travel back to the region and will be exhibited at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Organized by
  • Mahnaz Yousefzadeh, NYU
  • Laurent Hericher, Bnf
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi

In Collaboration with

Bibliothèque nationale de France
Louvre Abu Dhabi

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