Splendors of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination

Splendors of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination

by Martin Lings (Editor)



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ISBN-13: 9780500976487
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/19/2005
Pages: 454
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 13.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Martin Lings lectured at Cairo University for twelve years, and served as Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts at the British Museum.

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Splendors of Qur'an Calligraphy and Illumination 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GeoffreyF More than 1 year ago
Whether you are an artist with an interest in Islamic art, for this is its basis, or you are interested in the faith itself or both, this book is   a masterwork.  Lings is one of the foremost English language experts on Islam and one of its great masters in the 20th century.   A search for "Martin Lings" will reveal more of his many books including his discussion of William Shakespeare and Islam. Opening the book from the front, as for English works, you will be treated to an expert explanation of the origin and context  of the art detailing each page you will see.  This includes the history of Arabic writing and Calligraphy as it has evolved with the revelation and experience of Islam.  Lings is a master at explaining Islam to the uninitiated and it helps to learn something of the faith to understand  its art.   From the other side, or front as it would be for Arabic books and as sacred Arabic should be read, you will see the beautiful photographs of some of the finest examples of Koranic calligraphy you will ever see.   This section lets the art speak for itself without English commentary.   This separation of commentary from the art is really great as  you can learn of these works with separately with head and heart.  Lings explains this too in his commentary.    My only frustration is that there is  no citation of exactly what verse in the Koran is shown in the images.   However, I just will have to learn more and so I accept the challenge.   The book is also advertised in Europe with a very nice slip cover which is not included in the US version.