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Islamic Calligraphy

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pp. xxxviii-682, richly illustrated in color, Edinburgh
data stampa: 2007
codice isbn: 978074863540

This stunning book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on art of beautiful writing in Arabic script.
The extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib, or Islamic West, to India and beyond. Arabic script was adopted for other languages from Persian and Turkish to Kanembu and Malay. Sheila Blair's groundbreaking book explains this art form to modern readers and shows them how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. The book is designed to offer a standardized terminology for identifying and describing various styles of Islamic calligraphy, and to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy has long been so important in Islamic civilization.
The argument is enhanced by the inclusion of more than 150 colour illustrations, as well as over 100 black-and-white details that highlight the salient features of the individual scripts and hands. Examples are chosen from dated or datable examples with secure provenance, for the problem of forgeries and copies (both medieval and modern) is rampant. The illustrations are accompanied by detailed analyses telling the reader what to look for in determining both style and quality of script.
This beautiful book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in Islamic art.


Table of Contents

Ch.1 Arabic script: its role and principles 3

Ch.2 Materials 41

Ch.3 The standardization of Arabic script 77

Ch.4 Early manuscripts of the Koran 101

Ch.5 The adoption of round scripts 143

Ch.6 The proliferation of round scripts 195

Ch.7 Calligraphy in Iran and its environs under the Mongols and Turkomans 241

Ch.8 Rectilinear and curvilinear scripts in Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks 316

Ch.9 Other styles and centers 365

Ch.10 The Safavids, the Qajars, and their contemporaries in Iran and Central Asia 417

Ch.11 The Ottomans in Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean 476

Ch.12 Other styles and centers 534

Ch.13 From traditional styles to graphic design and calligraphic art 589

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