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Illuminated Incipit with Headpiece for Chapter 19

18th Century Qur’an in Maghribi Script

This manuscript, Walters W.568, is a fragment of the Qur’an, consisting of chapters 19 (Surat Maryam) through 23 (Surat al-mu’minun).

Fig 1: Bursa?/Turkey; dated 1289 H/1872 -73 CE. On the right side below the dervish cap of the Mevlevi order stands  a religious invocation which is mirrored on the left side. The Mevlevis cultivate poetry and other arts in addition to calligraphy.

Calligraphy from Ottoman Dervish Lodges

Alongside the art of the book, which was promoted by rulers at their courts and by religious scholars in mosques and Qur’an schools, Arabic calligraphy was also cultivated in the context of everyday…

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Mosque lamp with cloisonné enamel decoration

As early as the 9th century, a large number of products were made in China for export to the Islamic world. Porcelain and textiles were the most important trade goods, but refined works…

Rana Riaz Ahmed introduced the technique of pointillism in calligraphy. Majesty of Quranic words and beauty of colours enrich his work and come together providing a unique visual pleasure.

Exhibition of Islamic Art and Crafts

“Turathuna: Our Heritage” is the title of an art exhibition being organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah from 18-21 September 2012 at Ana Special Mall, Jeddah. Turathuna will exhibit vibrant and distinctive features of Islamic art.

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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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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…

Workers embroider the Kiswa

The Making of Kiswa

Throughout Islamic history, it has been considered a great honor to be able to perform a service to the Ka`bah, in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. One of these services, performed by both…

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Calligraphic Galleon, 1766 AD

Flanked by two other galleons on the horizon, this carefully drawn imperial calligraphic galleon sits on a row of waves containing aphorisms. The imperial galleon with its wind-filled sails is an example of…

AN ILLUMINATED ALBUM PAGE OF CALLIGRAPHY

Illuminated Calligraphy

Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 6 lines of fine nasta’liq script in black ink within cloud bands filled with interlacing vines, and interspersed with polychrome flowers, headpiece with panels of coloured and…

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Album of Ottoman Calligraphy

This album (muraqqaʿ) of calligraphy in an accordion format was compiled in Ottoman Turkey in the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It consists of leaves bearing fragmentary passages from the Qur’an (chapter…

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Islamic Art

Islamic art is generally reckoned to cover all of the visual arts produced in the lands where Muslims were an important, if not the most important, segment of society. Islamic art differs, therefore,…

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The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

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