Canadian-American scholar’s ‘Islamic Calligraphy’ to be reviewed

Publish Date : Friday 12 October 2018 - 16:47
IBNA- Advanced Art Research Institute in Tehran will review the award-winning book ‎‎‘Islamic Calligraphy’ by Canadian-American Professor Sheila Blair on Sunday. ‎
According to IBNA correspondent, the book has been translated by Vali-Allah Kavousi into Persian and published by Iran’s Academy of Arts Press. The original version of ‘Islamic Calligraphy’ was a Joint Winner of the 2007 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize for Middle Eastern Studies. It was also won Iran’s Book of the Year Award in the category of Islamic studies.

Introduction of the book reads: “The extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib to India and beyond. Arabic script was adopted for other languages from Persian and Turkish to Kanembu and Malay.”

Professor Blair, a Norma Jean Calderwood University professor of Islamic and Asian art, is also the author of “Text and Image in Medieval Persian Art”, “Islamic Inscriptions” and dozens of other publications about Islamic and Iranian art.

She teaches about all aspects of Islamic art from the seventh century to modern times. The scholar offers surveys on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism, as well as research seminars on the Silk Road, the Islamic book, and the arts of the object.

Blair has written or co-written 17 books, including several international award winners, and more than 200 articles in journals, encyclopedias, colloquia, and festschriften. Several of her books were written with her husband and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, Jonathan Bloom, with whom she served as artistic consultant to the three-hour documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown in the U.S. on PBS.
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