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The Rise Of Islamic Calligraphy By Alain George

The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy

The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy
By Alain George

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"George writes with enviable clarity and precision. I have never read anything better on calligraphy."—Robert Hillenbrand

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 civilized 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 through the emergence of the modern styles of writing still in use today.

Alain George is a lecturer in Islamic art at the University of Edinburgh.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #858924 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-08-17
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .88" h x 8.76" w x 11.01" l, 2.90 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 244 pages
Editorial Reviews

'This book rises to the challenge of a grand theme-how did the early Muslims develop a fitting script and presentation for the word of God? George presents, in lucid expository prose, bold but convincing answers to the many questions posed by this scattered and fragmentary material, especially on matters of date and provenance. An unerring sense of the bigger picture complements his mastery of detail and of earlier scholarship. This promises to be a classic.' Robert Hillenbrand, University of Edinburgh and British Academy

About the Author

Alain George is lecturer in Islamic Art at the University of Edinburgh.
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