Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic Calligraphy

by Sheila S. Blair
     
 

ISBN-10: 0748612122

ISBN-13: 9780748612123

Pub. Date: 07/12/2006

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

"This book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on the 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…  See more details below

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"This book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on the 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748612123
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2006
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Arabic script : its role and principles3
Ch. 2Materials41
Ch. 3The standardization of Arabic script77
Ch. 4Early manuscripts of the Koran101
Ch. 5The adoption of round scripts143
Ch. 6The proliferation of round scripts195
Ch. 7Calligraphy in Iran and its environs under the Mongols and Turkomans241
Ch. 8Rectilinear and curvilinear scripts in Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks316
Ch. 9Other styles and centers365
Ch. 10The Safavids, the Qajars, and their contemporaries in Iran and Central Asia417
Ch. 11The Ottomans in Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean476
Ch. 12Other styles and centers534
Ch. 13From traditional styles to graphic design and calligraphic art589

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