Qur'an Manuscripts: Calligraphy, Illumination, Design
British Library, 2007 - Art - 112 pages
While the significance of the written word reverberates through both Judaism and Christianity, nowhere does the physical presence of scripture matter as much as it does in the Islamic world. Recent controversies over Qur’an desecration by U.S. military personnel serve to illustrate just how revered the book continues to be in Muslim culture. Proof of the devotion the book inspires can also be gleaned by examining the sumptuously produced illuminated Qur’an manuscripts reproduced in this volume.
Arabic manuscript authority Colin Baker explores the central place of the Qur’an in Islamic society, but he also focuses on the manuscripts as physical objects, including a look at the celebrated calligraphy and the masterful artists who developed it. Numerous full-color images display the breadth of illumination styles and production materials used. Qur’an Manuscripts is a concise and readable overview of the long history of these manuscripts from across the wide Islamic world, from the eighth century to the end of the nineteenth, and from Spain to Southeast Asia.
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16th-century Qur'an 17th-century 17th-century Chinese Qur'an Abu Bakr Afghanistan or possibly Arabic language Arabic script Barquq basmalah Baybars Qur'an binding Cairo calligrapher calligraphy carpet page design carpet pages central panel centre chapter headings colophon colours copied decorated pages early naskhi early Qur'ans eastern kufic fifth verse format frontispiece Il-Khanid illuminated band illumination incipit pages indicates the end inscribed Iraq Islamic East kufic script kujic kujk layout letters lower panels ma'il ma'il Qur'an maghribi Mamluk period Mamluk Qur'an marginal ornaments mark the end Miniature Qur'ans mosque motif Muhammad naskhi script North Africa number of verses originally in thirty Ottoman palmette parchment Persia Qarmatian Qur'an manuscripts Qur'an text Qur'an written Qur'anic inscriptions Qur'ans produced rectangular frame rectangular framework religious roundels sajdah Samarqand scribe scrolls set originally shamsah medallion sixteenth-century Qur'an style Sultan Baybars tenth century tenth verse thuluth Umayyad volume twenty-five vowel signs whole of chapter written in gold