François Déroche

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François Déroche
Born (1952-10-24) October 24, 1952 (age 68)
Academic background
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
ThesisRecherches sur l'oasis de dedan al-ula (1987)
Doctoral advisorDominique Sourdel
Academic work
DisciplineOrientalist

François Déroche (born October 24, 1952) is an academic and specialist in Codicology and Palaeography. He is a Professor at the Collège de France, where he is holding "History of the Quran Text and Transmission" Chair.

Biography[edit]

Déroche was born on 24 October 1952 in Metz. After completing his Classe préparatoire at Lycée Henri-IV, he began his studies at the École Normale Supérieure in 1973. He got the Agrégation de Lettres classiques in 1976 and passed the Diplôme d'études approfondies in Egyptology in 1978. After a year of aggrégation internship, he was recruited in 1979 by the Bibliothèque nationale de France as a scientific resident, responsible for preparing the catalog of manuscripts of the Quran. In 1983 he was appointed a scientific resident at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul for a period of three years, he will remain in this city two additional years thanks to a grant from the Fondation Max van Berchem (Geneva). During his stay in Istanbul, he completed his doctoral thesis on the oasis of Dedan/al-'Ulâ that he defended in 1987. On his return to France in 1988, he was assigned to secondary education, first in the Paris region, then to Auneau and Châteauneuf-en-Thymerais. In 1990, he was elected director of studies at the Section of Historical and Philological Sciences at the École pratique des hautes études.[1][2]

He was a vice-President, then a president of the Society for the Study of Prehistoric, Ancient and Medieval Maghreb, he directs the organization of study days in collaboration with the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, where he was elected as a correspondent on October 26, 2000 and a member on January 28, 2011; he is also involved in the preparation of the academic seminars of this society, in Tripoli (2005), Caen (2009) and Aix and Marseille (2014).[2]

He is a member of many learned societies including the Société Asiatique, the Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, and the Board of Experts of the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation in London. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Council of the École Pratique des Hautes Études.[3][2]

Awards and honours[edit]

Works[edit]

  • Catalogue des manuscrits arabes, fascicules 1 et 2, Bibliothèque nationale (France), département des manuscrits, Bibliothèque nationale.
  • 1989 - Manuscrits Moyen-Orient Essais de Codicologie et Paléographie, actes du colloque d’Istanbul, 26-29 mai 1986, Institut français d’études anatoliennes : Bibliothèque nationale.
  • Déroche, François (1992). The Abbasid Tradition: Qur ̓ans of the 8th to 10th Centuries. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. London. ISBN 0197276008.
  • Les manuscrits du Coran en caractères higâzî: Position du problème et éléments préliminaires pour une enquête. Lesa. 1996.
  • Scribes et manuscrits du Moyen-Orient, Bibliothèque nationale de France. 1997.
  • Manuel de codicologie des manuscrits en écriture arabe. Bibliothèque nationale de France. 2000.
    • Waley, Muhammad Isa, ed. (2006). Islamic Codicology: An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script. Translated by Dusinberre, Deke; Radzinowicz, David. London: Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation.
  • Le Livre manuscrit arabe: Préludes à une histoire. Paris. 2004.
  • Le Coran. Que sais-je?. PUF. 2005.
  • La transmission écrite du Coran dans les débuts de l'islam, le Codex Parisino-Petropolitaminus. Leiden-Boston: Brill. 2009. ISBN 9789004172722.
  • Qur'ans of the Umayyads: A First Overview. Brill. 2014. ISBN 978-90-04-26185-3.
  • La voix et le calame. Collège de France. Fayard. 2016.
  • Le Coran, une histoire plurielle Essai sur la formation du texte coranique. Éditions du Seuil. 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Assouline, Pierre (2015). "François Déroche, fasciné par le Coran". L'Histoire. No. 415.
  2. ^ a b c "Biographie". Collège de France (in French). Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "DÉROCHE François, Louis, Claude". Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (in French). March 3, 2011. Retrieved June 14, 2019.