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Dr Hassan Ebeid was awarded Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship for his proposal ISLAPAP

Publish Date: 21.06.2021

Category: Researchers in focus , ERC & MSCA

Dr Hassan Ebeid is joining University of Ljubljana from the Ain Shams University in Cairo, where he researched paper history and conservation. In his MSC project ISLAPAP, he will carry out analysis of historic manuscripts focusing on Islamic paper- and ink-making, and carry out material science analysis related to these less-known historic materials.

Islamic paper is a particularly underexplored aspect of Islamic material culture as our knowledge of historic paper and ink is dominated by research into Western papermaking. ISLAPAP aims to fill the knowledge gap through material science research of both reference material collections and actual manuscripts, and through archival research into paper- and ink-making recipes in medieval and early modern art-technological sources and treatises. The project will further illuminate historic papermaking practices through experimental evidence, which will benefit manuscript scholars. Analytical sciences will be used to explore the durability of Islamic paper to develop preventive conservation advice. This knowledge will be of use to libraries and archives with Islamic paper collections. 


Photograph: Graphic scheme ISLAPAP


Research Fellow

Photograph: Personal archive

Dr. Hassan Ebeid Dr Hassan Ebeid graduated from Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University in 1998 with BA in conservation. He holds MPhil/PhD in paper conservation from the Northumbria University, UK in 2011/2015. His PhD thesis investigated the materials and techniques used in the colouring and preventive protection of mediaeval Islamic paper. He has been teaching art conservation at several universities in Egypt (South Valley, Luxor, Sohage, Ain Shams), which included supervising postgraduate students. His future research plans and his broad research interests are to build on the foundations of his PhD to further focus on the topics of the technology of ancient materials, Islamic and oriental manuscripts, rare books, bookbinding, leather, natural dyes, and paper conservation.



Photograph: Personal archive

Matija Strlič Professor Dr Matija Strlič is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana and Professor of Heritage Science at University College London, and the lead of the Heritage Science Lab Ljubljana (HSLL). His main research interests are the development of heritage science infrastructure (E-RIHS and IPERION), including instrumentation and methodology, as well as modelling of heritage materials, environments, values and decision making. He also participates in the establishment of the Slovenian node of European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science ( 


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