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Saadian Intellectual and Cultural Life

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 SICLE project word cloud

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Project "SICLE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: PARIS
postcode: 75005

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙959˙283 €
 EC max contribution 1˙959˙283 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2021-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    COLLEGE DE FRANCE FR (PARIS) coordinator 1˙959˙283.00


 Project objective

The aim of the interdisciplinary investigation project SICLE is to investigate in a completely new way the intellectual and cultural history of the Saadian period in Morocco (1554-1660), using primarily the Saadian sultans’ library, exceptionally preserved as a ‘time capsule’ in the El Escorial monastery following king Felipe III’s decision to include it in his own library. The period is a time of direct involvement of Morocco in international politics and exchanges, both in their East-West (with the Ottoman empire) and North-South (with Europe) dimensions, without forgetting Timbuktu and the Songhay empire conquered by Ahmad al-Mansur, the most brilliant ruler of the dynasty. The manuscripts kept in El Escorial mirror the interests and the tastes of the Saadian rulers and of the elite at large. The paratextual information they contain (but ignored by the catalogues) like the various notes, the colophons, the illuminations or the bindings will be systematically collected and analyzed in a trans-disciplinary approach which can be defined as an ‘archaeology of the book’, combining codicology, philology, archaeometry, anthropology and art history. The same approach will be applied to the books of the ‘ordinary people’ from Saadian times preserved in Moroccan collections. SICLE goals are to offer: a) a history of the Saadian sultans’ library and an analysis of their interests; b) a cultural and intellectual history of Morocco during the 16th century, with groundbreaking studies on the history of the book, on its economy and on education; c) an evaluation of the relationship with the ‘outside’ (Christian Europe, the Ottoman empire and sub-Saharan Africa) and the possible influence it had on Saadian intellectual production. Special attention will be paid to the Jewish and Morisco communities in their role of culture brokers.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Nuria de Castilla
Maghribi Bindings in Ottoman Dress. About Techniques and Changes of Taste in Saadian Morocco
published pages: , ISSN: 0082-6847, DOI:
Turcica 50 2019-07-05
2016 Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla-Muñoz
Were the Moriscos in Touch with Contemporary Ottoman Developments? Twin Qurʾānic Copies from the End of the Sixteenth Century
published pages: 245-264, ISSN: 2212-9421, DOI: 10.1163/2212943X-00401012
Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 4/1-2 2019-07-05
2017 Nuría Martínez de Castilla
Qur\'anic Manuscripts in the Islamic West: Editor\'s Preface
published pages: 1-3, ISSN: 1465-3591, DOI: 10.3366/jqs.2017.0298
Journal of Qur\'anic Studies 19/3 2019-07-05
2017 Nuria Martínez de Castilla
A Bilingual ‘Morisco Qur\'an’ with Thirteen Lines to the Page
published pages: 34-44, ISSN: 1465-3591, DOI: 10.3366/JQS.2017.0301
Journal of Qur\'anic Studies 19/3 2019-07-05
2018 Nuria de Castilla
A binding for Philip II of Spain and its Ottoman inspiration
published pages: , ISSN: 0000-0000, DOI:
Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Turkish Art 2019-07-05
2018 Nuria de Castilla
A la búsqueda de manucritos moriscos perdidos. Nuevos testimonios aljamiados y árabes
published pages: 297-346, ISSN: 0000-0000, DOI:
Circulaciones mudéjares y moriscas 2019-04-03

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