Pen & Ink: The Development of Islamic Calligraphy

Sheila S. Blair
February 11, 2012
Scripps College Humanities Auditorium

Sheila Blair surveys the range of materials used to write in Arabic script over the last 1400 years. It begins with the tannin-based inks used on parchment to copy the Koran in angular scripts and follows the carbon-based inks used on the fine papers developed in later times for a variety of rounded scripts used for both Arabic and other languages written in Arabic script.

Sheila S. Blair shares the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University with her husband, Jonathan Bloom. She is the author, co-author, or editor of many books and hundreds of articles on all aspects of Islamic art and architecture, including the prize-winning Islamic Calligraphy (Edinburgh University Press).

Please note that Frederic W. Goudy Lectures are free and open to the public.

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