Special Topics in History of Art: Islamic Books Arts
This seminar will introduce graduate students to the materials and methods for the study of Islamic manuscripts (codicology) and handwriting (paleography). We will discuss the beginnings of Arabic script in early Qur'ans, its development in Persian and Turkic spheres, and its ornamental value in modern calligraphic works. Alongside the development of penmanship, we will explore the arts of the book and their ancillary trades such as ink-, pigment-, and paper- making, as well as illustration, illumination, and bookbinding especially in Persian and Turkic spheres. This course will be taught hands-on with Islamic calligraphic fragments, manuscripts, and paintings held in the Special Collections at Hatcher Graduate Library.