Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur'an and its Creative Expressions: Selected Proceedings from the International Colloquium, London, 18-21 October 2003

Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur'an and its Creative Expressions: Selected Proceedings from the International Colloquium, London, 18-21 October 2003

by Fahmida Suleman




Muslim reverence for the Qur'an as the Word of God has manifested itself in various artistic forms throughout history and up to the present day. This innovative collection of essays explores creative expressions of the Qur'an in a wide range of media. Contributors include museum curators and leading academics in art and architectural history, palaeography and material anthropology, and their studies span four continents and cover topics from medieval coins and early illuminated copies of the Qur'an to contemporary painting. They offer a multidisciplinary approach to the questions of how, why and in what contexts the Qur'an has inspired Muslim artists and craftspeople to adorn the spaces they inhabit and the objects they cherish with its verses. The volume includes 120 colour illustrations, some published for the first time, and an extensive bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199591497
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/21/2010
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Fahmida Suleman
Opening Reflections
2. 1 The Qur'an as a source of artistic inspiration, Oleg Grabar
Qur'anic Calligraphy and Inscriptions in the Medieval Muslim World
3. Beyond the secular and the sacred: Qur'anic inscriptions in medieval Islamic art and material culture, Doris Behrens-Abouseif
4. Arts of the 'Celestial Pen': Qur'ans from the Library of The Institute of Ismaili Studies, Duncan Haldane
5. Qur'anic inscriptions on Sinan's imperial mosques: a comparison with their Safavid and Mughal counterparts, Gulru Necipoglu
6. 'And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truthfulness and righteousness': Qur'anic inscriptions on Fatimid coinage, AH 296-488/AD 909-1095, Alnoor Jehangir Merchant
Amulets, Talismans and Magic
7. Amulets inscribed with the names of the 'Seven Sleepers' of Ephesus in the British Museum, Venetia Porter
8. A magic mirror in the Louvre and additional observations on the use of magic mirrors in Yemen today, Anne Regourd
9. Persian glosses on a Qur'anic manuscript from Central Asia, Marie Efthymiou
The Qur'anic Text in Recent Times
10. The art of Qur'anic penmanship and illumination among Muslim scholars in southwestern Nigeria, Ismaheel Akinade Jimoh
11. The art of the Qur'an in Southeast Asia, Annabel Teh Gallop
12. Qur'anic inscriptions on woodcarvings from the Malay Peninsula, Huism Tan
13. Sacred calligraphy in contemporary art, Ayse Turgut
Qur'anic Inscriptions on Textiles
14. Ka'ba covers and their inscriptions, Hulya Tezcan
15. Qur'anic inscriptions on the so-called 'Pennon of Las Navas de Tolosa' and three Marinid banners, Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga
Final Reflections
16. Written, spoken, envisioned: the many facets of the Qur'an in art, Sheila S. Blair

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