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The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy

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The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy by 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 heart. Alain George brings together manuscript, mosaic, architecture and text to reveal the evolution of Arabic calligraphy from its pre-Islamic conception to the emergence of the modern styles of writing still in use today. "The Rise of Arabic Calligraphy" explores the ancient notion of proportion in Arabic script and presents the first in-depth investigation of an extremely rare body of material: the earliest manuscripts of the Qur'an. Alain George highlights the relationship of early Arabic calligraphy to the emerging civilisation of Islam, showing how a craft based on pen, parchment and ink came to convey the divine character of the Qur'anic text. Beautifully illustrated, this is an essential reference work for students and connoisseurs of calligraphy alike.

Author Biography

Alain George is lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh.
Release date Australia
April 9th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
110 colour and b/w iliustrations
Imprint
Saqi Books
Pages
224
Dimensions
220x280x22
ISBN-13
9780863566738
Product ID
2781862

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