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Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World


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Introduction; Part A: Sites; 1. Inscribing the Square: The Inscriptions on the Maidan-i Shah in Isfahan, Sheila S. Blair; 2. Speaking Architecture: Poetry and Aesthetics in the Alhambra Palace, Jose Miguel Puerta Vilchez; 3. The Arabic Calligraphy on the Ceiling of the Twelfth-Century Cappella Palatina in Palermo, Sicily: Function and Identity, Hashim Al-Tawil; 4. Wall-Less Walls: The Calligraphy at the Hadzi Sinanova Tekija in Sarajevo, Snjezana Buzov; 5. Survey - The Qur'anic Inscriptions Monument From Jam, Afghanistan, Ulrike-Christiane Lintz; Part B: Style vs. Content; 6. Multi-Sensorial Messages of the Divine and the Personal: Qur'an Inscriptions and Recitation in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Mosques in Istanbul, Nina Ergin; 7. The Revival of Kufi Script During the Reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II, Irvin Cemil Schick; 8. Calligraphy in Chinese Mosques: At the Intersection of Arabic and Chinese Calligraphy, Barbara Stocker-Parnian; 9. Qur'anic Verses on Works of Architecture: The Ottoman Case, Murat Sulun; 10. Reading Qajar Epigraphs: Case Studies from Shiraz and Isfahan, Bavand Behpoor; Part C: Patronage; 11. 'The Pen Has Extolled Her Virtues': Gender and Power within the Visual Legacy of Shajar al-Durr in Cairo, Caroline Olivia M. Wolf; 12. Sovereign Epigraphy in Location: Politics, Devotion and Legitimisation around the Qusb Minar, Delhi, Johanna Blayac; 13. Archival Evidence on the Commissioning of Architectural Calligraphy in the Ottoman Empire, Talip Mert; 14. On the Renewal of the Calligraphy at the Mosque of the Prophet (al-Masjid al-Nabawi) under the Reign of Sultan Abdulmecid, Hilal Kazan; 15. Fasimid Kufi Epigraphy on the Gates of Cairo: Between Royal Patronage and Civil Utility, Bahia Shehab; Part D: Artists; 16. An Art Ambassador: The Inscriptions of 'Ali Reza' Abbasi, Saeid Khaghani; 17. Mustafa Rakim Efendi's Architectural Calligraphy, Suleyman Berk; 18. Yesarizade Mustafa Izzet Efendi and his Contributions to Ottoman Architectural Calligraphy, M. Ugur Derman; 19. The Visual Interpretation of Nasta'liq in Architecture: Mirza Gholam Reza's Monumental Inscriptions for the Sepahsalar Mosque in Tehran, Sina Goudarzi; Part E: Regional; 20. Ma'qili Inscriptions on the Great Mosque of Mardin: Stylistic and Epigraphic Contexts, Tehnyat Majeed; 21. The Composition of Kufi Inscriptions in Transitional and Early-Islamic Architecture of North Khurasan, Nasiba S. Baimatowa; 22. Space and Calligraphy in the Chinese Mosque, Sadiq Javer; 23. Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo, Bernard O'Kane; 24. Allegiance, Praise and Space: Monumental Inscriptions in Thirteenth-Century Anatolia as Architectural Guides, Patricia Blessing; 25. Symmetrical Compositions in Pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Architectural Inscriptions in Asia Minor, Abdulhamit Tufekcioglu; Part F: Modernity; 26. Writing Less, Saying More: Calligraphy and Modernisation in the Last Ottoman Century, Edhem Eldem; 27. The Absence and Emergence of Calligraphy in Najd: Calligraphy as a Modernist Component of Architecture in Riyadh, Sumayah Al-Solaiman; 28. Cairo to Canton and Back: Tradition in the Islamic Vernacular, Ann Shafer; Bibliography; List of Figures; About the Contributors.

About the Author

Mohammad Gharipour is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University. Irvin Cemil Schick is Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at Istanbul Sehir University.


This is a comprehensive and thought-stimulating volume.

--Peter Clark "Christian-Muslim Relations "

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