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The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy / Edition 2
     

The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy / Edition 2

by Abdelkebir Khabtibi, Mohammed Sijelmassi, Sijelmassi Khatibi
 

ISBN-10: 0500016755

ISBN-13: 9780500016756

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Calligraphy, the art that combines images and written words, is perhaps at its most brilliant in the Islamic world. Islamic calligraphy took its inspiration from Muslim belief in the divine origin of Arabic writing, the medium through which the Qu'aranic revelation to the Prophet Muhammad was recorded. In the early years of Islam the sanctity of Arabic writing was

Overview

Calligraphy, the art that combines images and written words, is perhaps at its most brilliant in the Islamic world. Islamic calligraphy took its inspiration from Muslim belief in the divine origin of Arabic writing, the medium through which the Qu'aranic revelation to the Prophet Muhammad was recorded. In the early years of Islam the sanctity of Arabic writing was accepted among Arabs and non-Arabs alike, and its use in sacred and official texts gave rise to a wonderful profusion of scripts, and a calligraphic tradition that has flourished for over a thousand years - not only in manuscript decoration but in architecture, ceramics and painting.

The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy, widely acclaimed on first publication as the most lavish and sumptuous study of its kind, provides a comprehensive survey of the subject from its earliest origins to the present day. It explains with the help of numerous line drawings the geometrical and ornamental principles of calligraphy, and examines the interdependence of script and page decoration. It gives an overview of the many complex variations of this most graphic form of writing, and traces its evolution up to its current expression in the painting of artists such as Shakir Hassan. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it contains outstanding examples of scripts - kufic, thuluth, naskhi and maghribi among others - in a series of magnificent reproductions of manuscript pages, paintings and other works of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500016756
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.91(w) x 12.39(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Symbol of civilization6
Principles of Arabic writing10
Tracing the Origins13
Legend and epigraphy18
Myths of origin21
Tawqif and istillah28
Epigraphical confusions37
The Proportions of the Line45
The alif module46
The geometric interplay49
Colour52
Miniature and arabesque70
The pen74
Schools and Styles77
Typology78
Meaning and the written word90
Diacritical signs92
Kufic and naskhi96
Ibn Muqla100
Ibn al-Bawwab116
Calligraphy and history120
Symbolism of the Page127
The spell of the face128
Jafr, or the science of letters132
Futuhat, or isolated letters139
The bismillah142
The margin148
The signature152
In the Sight of Allah163
A delicate vibration166
Ornamentation of buildings182
The Architectural Context189
Landmarks192
Styles196
Contemporary Painting213
Zenderoudi219
Koraishi224
Boullata230
Notes on the Text236
Bibliography237
Acknowledgments239

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