Islamic Calligraphy

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – October 2008 – vârsta de la 22 ani

'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 Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh

'I can think of no one more qualified to produce such a volume... She is a recognised and highly-regarded expert in the field..' - Professor W. M. Thackston, Harvard University

This stunning book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on 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 Islamic West, to India and beyond. Arabic script was adopted for other languages from Persian and Turkish to Kanembu and Malay. Sheila Blair's groundbreaking book explains this art form to modern readers and shows them how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. The book is designed to offer a standardized terminology for identifying and describing various styles of Islamic calligraphy, and to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy has long been so important in Islamic civilization.

The argument is enhanced by the inclusion of more than 150 colour illustrations, as well as over 100 black-and-white details that highlight the salient features of the individual scripts and hands. Examples are chosen from dated or datable examples with secure provenance, for the problem of forgeries and copies (both medieval and modern) is rampant. The illustrations are accompanied by detailed analyses telling the reader what to look for in determining both style and quality of script.

This beautiful book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in Islamic art.

Winner of the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize 2007.

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ISBN-13: 9780748635405
ISBN-10: 0748635408
Pagini: 681
Ilustrații: over 150 colour illustrations, over 100 b+w illustrations
Dimensiuni: 185 x 246 x 41 mm
Greutate: 1.93 kg

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Sheila S. Blair


List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Arabic Script: Its Role and Principles
Chapter 2: Materials
Part II: The Development of Arabic Script in Early Islamic Times
Chapter 3: The Standardization of Arabic Script
Chapter 4: Early Manuscripts of the Koran
Part III: The Pre-Eminence of Round Scripts in the Early Middle Period
Chapter 5: The Adoption of Round Scripts
Chapter 6: The Proliferation of Round Scripts
Part IV: The Emergence of Regional Styles in the Later Middle Period
Chapter 7: Calligraphy in Iran and its Environs under the Mongols and Turkomans
Chapter 8: Rectilinear and Curvilinear Scripts in Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks
Chapter 9: Other Styles and Centers
Part V: Dynastic Styles in the Age of Empires
Chapter 10: The Safavids, the Qajars, and their Contemporaries in Iran and Central Asia
Chapter 11: The Ottomans in Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Eastern Mediterranean
Chapter 12: Other Styles and Centers
Part VI: The Many Faces of Islamic Calligraphy in Modern Times
Chapter 13: From Traditional Styles to Graphic Design and Calligraphic Art
Copyright Acknowledgements