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Description - Islamic Calligraphy by Professor Sheila S. Blair

The extensive use of writing is one of the hallmarks of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy, the art of writing beautifully, became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the 7th century, in almost all regions from the far Maghrib, or Islamic West, to the Indian sub-continent. This text explains this art form to modern readers and shows them how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. The aims of the book are to offer a standardized terminology and reference work for identifying styles of Islamic calligraphy, and to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy is so important in Islamic civilisation. Sheila Blair's exploration is enhanced by the inclusion of 100 illustrations - 90 colour and black and white photographs, 1 map, 7 line drawings and 2 tables. Examples are chosen from dated or datable examples with secure provenance, for the problem of forgeries (both medieval and modern) is rampant. The illustrations are accompanied by descriptions showing the reader what to look for in determining both style and quality of script.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748612123
ISBN-10: 0748612122
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 189mm x 25mm)
Pages: 736
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 16-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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