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Author: David James

David James studied fine art, art history and Arabic at the University of Durham. He worked in Omdurman, Dublin, Cairo and London before moving to Ronda in Spain where he now lives. He is the author of several works on the art of the Islamic book including: Qur’ans and Bindings from the Chester Beatty Library (1980), Islamic Treasures of the Chester Beatty Library (1981), Qur’ans of the Mamlūks (1988), The Master Scribes (1991) and numerous articles in scholarly publications. He has published two translations of mediaeval Arabic histories of Islamic Spain: The History of Ibn al-Qūṭīya (2010) and A History of Early al-Andalus, the Akhbār Majmūʿa (2011).

Posts by David James


Calligraphy – the geometry of the spirit

This article appeared on pages 16-27 of the September/October 1989 print edition of Saudi Aramco World. Islamic calligraphy is without doubt the most original contribution of Islam to the visual arts, yet it is only…

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