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INKMAN – Djerbahood Project (Djerba, Tunisia) [Photo Credit: Galerie Itinerrance / Aline Deschamps]

Calligraffiti Art

Calligraffiti, as some of these artists call it, is a unique blend of traditional scripts and designs mixed with modern materials and techniques.

AN ILLUMINATED QUR'AN, PERSIA, AFSHARID, COPIED BY HUSSAIN TAWFIQ, DATED ISFAHAN A.H. 1162 (A.D.1748)

Islamic Art

The nonfigurative or abstract arts of Judaism and Islam must not be overlooked. The former art was revealed in the Torah and is exclusively sacerdotal. Islamic art is akin to Judaic art by…

Detail of the door at the Mosque of Tijani.

Mosque and Mausoleum of Sidi Ahmad al-Tijani

The 18th century Mosque and Mausoleum of Mawlana Ahmed ibn Mohammed Tijani al-Hassani al-Maghribi (1735–1815), in Fez, Morocco.

The Muslim World

Around the World with Nusret Colpan

Nusret Çolpan (October 1, 1952 – May 31, 2008) was a Turkish painter, architect and miniaturist, renowned for his paintings in Ottoman miniature style depicting cities around the world, particularly Istanbul. He painted over 300 miniatures in his 30…

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Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Following Images are from “Calligraphie Arabe Vivante”  by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)   Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His creations are a subtle…

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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art is dedicated to reflecting the full vitality, complexity, and diversity of the arts of the Islamic world. It is a world-class collecting institution, which preserves, studies, and exhibits…

Chinese Art

From Middle East to Middle Kingdom

In contrast, the appreciation of Chinese–Islamic works has been negligible. For collectors of traditional Chinese art, these works are not Chinese enough; for Islamic-art collectors, they seem too alien to be considered truly…

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

One of the great feelings I experience at the Brooklyn Museum is when I see a true connection between the Library and art collections here. This connection was felt recently at a public…

Art & Islam

The arts of Islam are among its greatest legacies. Yet the legitimacy of the arts is today a matter of controversy in contemporary Muslim societies. The modernist rejects the religious basis of any…

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Traditional Calligraphy & Modern Art

This paper discusses the traditional art of calligraphy in the contemporary cultural context, with particular reference to recent efforts on the one hand to “modernize Islamic calligraphy” and on the other hand to…

Tile with Arabic inscription, Iran, about 1215. Museum no. 1481-1876

Calligraphy in Islamic art – beyond pen and paper

The development of sophisticated calligraphy as an art form is not unique to Islamic culture. Other examples include Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and illuminated bibles from north-west Europe including the famous Book of…

Khusrau Hunting: Page from a manuscript of the Khusrau and Shirin of Hatifi, dated 1498; Ottoman Turkey (probably Istanbul).

Art of the Ottomans (before 1600)

At the time of its foundation in the early fourteenth century, the Osmanli or Ottoman state was one among many small principalities that emerged as a result of the disintegration of the Seljuq sultanate…

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