By (author) Professor Sheila S. Blair
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Islamic Calligraphy by Professor Sheila S. Blair
Book DescriptionWINNER OF THE BRITISH-KUWAIT FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY PRIZE 2007 'This must be the best book ever written about Islamic Calligraphy. Its author has carefully judged it to meet the demands not only of anyone interested in Arabic writing, but also of specialists. The Judges Panel agreed that this is a work of profound erudition and insight.' Now available in paperback, 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748635405
(246mm x 189mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Sheila S. Blair
God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth, Hardback (November 2015)
"The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposia on Islamic art and culture"--Half title page.
Text and Image in Medieval Persian Art, Hardback (February 2014)
Greater Iranian arts from the 10th to the 16th century are technically some of the finest produced anywhere. Focusing on objects found in the main media at the time, the author shows how artisans played with form, material and decoration to engage their audiences.
God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty, Hardback (November 2013)View all books by Professor Sheila S. Blair
The Islamic world, spanning centuries and far-flung regions, is renowned for its diverse cultural and artistic traditions. This book delves into that vast creative output, examining a dozen exquisite objects in the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, designed by the Chinese-American architect I M Pei and opened in 2008.
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Author Biography - Professor Sheila S. Blair
Sheila S. Blair is the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College.
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