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The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy Hardcover – March 19, 1996

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A revised and expanded version of the 1976 edition, this scholarly study displays several hundred spectacular examples of an art form that is underappreciated in the West. Independent scholars living in Morocco, the authors begin by providing a conceptual and historical background to the meaning and origins of Islamic calligraphy. They then explicate the aesthetics, techniques, styles, and structure of the art. New chapters on the use of calligraphy in architecture and contemporary painting (featuring artists Hoosier Zenderoudi, Rashid Koraishi, and Shakir Hassan) enrich the coverage of the subject. The text, which contains information of unquestionable value, is marred only by the turgidly academic writing. Still, this is recommended for public libraries for its illustrations and highly recommended for academic libraries with an interest in the arts.?Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib.
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A visually stunning study of Islamic calligraphy...these great illustrations will set a designer's heart on fire. -- Interior Design

Highly ornamental and beautiful imagery, and perhaps the most distinctive of all scripts. -- Bloomsbury Review

Spectacular examples of an art form that is underappreciated in the West. -- Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Revised ed. edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500016755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500016756
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.9 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully presented book on Islamic Calligraphy. While providing background material and being informative, it also has many and varied examples presented in color. I did not know what to expect when I ordered it, but as soon as I opened it I was bowled over. This is a must for anyone who appreciates Islamic art, or for anyone who would like to learn more of the history behind it.
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This is an informative look at the development of Arabic Calligraphy through the ages and also at the leading figures engaged in its progress throughout the centuries. It has a detailed chronological format for those wishing to us it as a research aid. All round value, especially the calligraphic family tree on the back cover.
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If you only need this book for the photos it’s a five. But if you need to learn something don’t bother reading this book.T his mix of factoids is often dadaesque in its randomness. The authors constantly segue between history, art, religion, and mysticism, rarely making any sense at all. About a fifth of the text is the sort of doggerel that only postmodern pseudo-intellectuals are proud of.
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Very elementary.Too much emphasis on Maghrebi caligraphy and not enough on
the other styles all six of which are much more important artisticaly and historicaly.
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Overall a good intro to Islamic Calligraphy. More pictorial examples of Quranic manuscripts would have improved the contents relativity. Purchased it through Amazon's own bookstore - poor packaging - item arrived damaged considerably.
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