"How to Read Islamic Calligraphy" by Maryam Ekhtiar

How to Read Islamic Calligraphy Maryam Ekhtiar

Series:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - How to Read
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
16 Oct 2018
ISBN:
9781588396303
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
176 pages: 267 x 203mm
Illustrations:
150 color + b-w illus.

How to Read Islamic Calligraphy explores the preeminence of the written word as a means of creative expression throughout the Islamic world. Aimed at a general audience, the book introduces all five major Islamic calligraphic script types, demonstrates their distinctive visual characteristics, and explains the various contexts in which each one came to be used, whether for transcribing the Qur’an, composing poetry, or issuing written edicts from the sultan’s court. Numerous examples illustrate how the transmission of these styles and techniques from master to pupil was fundamental to the flourishing of Islamic calligraphy, and handwriting models from as early as the 10th century continue to inspire students of calligraphy today. 
 
Superbly illustrated, the works discussed include manuscripts, glass, metalware, and ceramic tiles. This accessible and engaging book traces the progression of calligraphic styles over  centuries and across geographical regions, affirming the spectacular range of creative possibilities afforded by this unique art form.

Maryam Ekhtiar is associate curator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.