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Islamic calligraphy

Author: Sheila Blair
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This stunning 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Manuscripts
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheila Blair
ISBN: 9780748612123 0748612122 9780748635405 0748635408
OCLC Number: 56651142
Awards: Winner of British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies 2007
Description: xxxvii, 681 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Arabic script : its role and principles --
Materials --
The Development of Arabic Script in Early Islamic Times. The standardization of Arabic script --
Early manuscripts of the Koran --
The Pre-Eminence of Round Scripts in the Early Middle Period. The adoption of round scripts --
The proliferation of round scripts --
The Emergence of Regional Styles in the Later Middle Period. Calligraphy in Iran and its environs under the Mongols and Turkomans --
Rectilinear and curvilinear scripts in Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks --
Other styles and centers --
Dynastic Styles in the Age of Empires. The Safavids, the Qajars, and their contemporaries in Iran and Central Asia --
The Ottomans in Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean --
Other styles and centers --
The Many Faces of Islamic Calligraphy in Modern Times. From traditional styles to graphic design and calligraphic art.
Responsibility: Sheila S. Blair.

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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 Robert Read more...

 
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