Princeton University Library Catalog

By the pen and what they write : writing in Islamic art and culture / edited by Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom.

Author:
Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture (6th : 2015 : Dawḥah, Qatar) [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Description:
305 pages : color illustrations, map ; 30 cm
Summary note:
Considered by Muslims as the only true art, calligraphy has played a prominent role in Islamic culture since the time of the prophet Muhammad. Exploring this central role of the written word in Islam and how writing practices have evolved and adapted in different historical contexts, this book provides an overview of the enormous impact that writing in Arabic script has had on the visual arts of the Islamic world. Approaching the topic from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this volume include discussions on the relationship between orality and the written word; the materiality of the written word, ranging from the type of paper on which books were written to monumental inscriptions in stone and brick; and the development of Arabic typography and the printed book. Generously illustrated, By Pen and What They Write is an engaging look at how writing has remained a foundational component of Islamic art throughout fourteen centuries.
Notes:
Proceedings of the Sixth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, Nov. 7-9, 2015, Doha.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-293) and index.
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Conference papers and proceedings
ISBN:
  • 9780300228243 (cl : alk. paper)
  • 0300228244 (cl : alk. paper)
LCCN:
2017005387
OCLC:
971615736
Other standard number:
  • 99973642459
Editor:
RCP:
C - S