Islamic Calligraphy

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Overview

Joint Winner of the 2007 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize for Middle Eastern StudiesWinner of 2008 World Prize for Book of the Year by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic GuidanceSelected as a 2007 CHOICE Outstanding Academic TitleThe extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib to India and beyond. Arabic script was adopted for other languages from Persian and Turkish to Kanembu and Malay.Islamic Calligraphy explains this art form to modern readers and shows them how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. Designed to offer a standardized terminology for identifying and describing various styles of Islamic calligraphy, it aims to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy has long been so important in Islamic civilization.This sumptuous, prize-winning book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in Islamic art.

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Editorial Reviews

Religion and the Arts
Blair has produced a magisterial treatment of a very demanding subject, densely annotated by very readable.

— John Renard

Robert Hillenbrand
Sheila S. Blair is a seasoned author with an excellent track record in publishing both specialised and general books on Islamic art. Indeed she is an undisputed star in her field.
W. M. Thackston
I can think of no one more qualified to produce such a volume… Sheila Blair is a recognized and highly-regarded expert in the field.
Religion and the Arts - John Renard
Blair has produced a magisterial treatment of a very demanding subject, densely annotated by very readable.
Professor Robert Hillenbrand
Sheila S. Blair is a seasoned author with an excellent track record in publishing both specialised and general books on Islamic art. Indeed she is an undisputed star in her field.
Professor W. M. Thackston
I can think of no one more qualified to produce such a volume… Sheila Blair is a recognized and highly-regarded expert in the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748635405
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Blair is Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art and the Boston College and Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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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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