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The rise of Islamic calligraphy

Author: Alain George
Publisher: London ; Berkeley, Calif. : Saqi, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"̀This book rises to the challenge of a grand theme-how did the early Muslims develop a fitting script and presentation for the word of God? George presents, in lucid expository prose, bold but convincing answers to the many questions posed by this scattered and fragmentary material, especially on matters of date and provenance. An unerring sense of the bigger picture complements his mastery of detail and of earlier  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
George, Alain, 1979-
Rise of Islamic calligraphy.
London ; Berkekey, Calif. : Saqi, ©2010
(OCoLC)741501611
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alain George
ISBN: 9780863566738 0863566731
OCLC Number: 315078824
Description: 236 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
Contents: Looking for the origins. --
The Arabic script before Islam --
The earliest Islamic documents --
The earliest manuscripts of the Qur'an --
The scribal world of Late Antiquity --
Codex versus scroll --
Format, ruling, quires and decoration --
Pens, strokes and dots --
Christian scribes of the Qur'an --
The birth of Kufic. --
A novel codification --
The inscriptions at the Dome of Rock --
The milestones of 'Abd al-Malik --
The epigraphic coinage --
Umayyad manuscripts of the Qur'an --
Economy and ideology in early Kufic --
On calligraphy and proportion. --
The architecture of the page --
Proportions in Plato's Timaeus --
Artisans and intellectual circles in early Islamic times --
Calligraphy and music : the tenth century --
Towards the codification of cursive. --
The new style --
The growth of cursive --
The role of Ibn Muqla --
Calligraphy and the breakdown of the empire --
Economy, orthography and legibility.
Responsibility: Alain George.

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The birth of Qur'anic calligraphy was a major event in the early history of Islam. In a few decades, it raised the Arabs and their language from the remote fringes of the civilised world to its very  Read more...
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