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The Eastern manuscript that finds its way to the desk of the
European scholar was removed many decades or centuries
ago from the complex context that defined its existence.
Created to meet the needs of people who lived in a specific
place at a specific time. the manuscript contained important
knowledge. It pleased the eye with its construction and the
beauty of its calligraphy. It could act as a talisman. It provided
descendants with information about their forbears. It
preserved the remarks of earlier owners and readers ... Although
many elements of this context arc often lost forever
with the passage of time, the attentive researcher has tools
that allow him to restore at least some of them. In doing so,
one can grasp the true significance of a manuscript copy,
which usually goes beyond the common identification of
a manuscript with its text. Moreover, many of the elements
mentioned here together form a certain code that must be
deciphered to grasp the true meaning of a manuscript. The
present article is an attempt to demonstrate this...