The Eye of the Calligrapher: The Literature on Writing and Calligraphy in Arabic Script as a Source on the Perception of Calligraphy in Medieval Islam

As a major, if not the major visual artistic expression of Islam, calligraphy gave rise to a very rich literature in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish, starting in the 2nd/8thC. This literature has often been used as a source on the history of  calligraphy in Arabic script. However, it has never been submitted to a comprehensive and systematic analysis. This is the objective of an ongoing research project that will be presented in this seminar.

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