Calligraphy

Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

  Last week, Ms. Fatima Sarhan, our Arabic Assistant Teacher arranged a class for exercising Arabic/Persian calligraphy. It was very joyful occasion as students showed earnest interest.

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Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Calligraphy is not only incredibly pleasing to the eye but also filled with spiritual depth and meaning as well. Decorative Arabic words can be found painted across mosque walls, ceramic bowls, intricate digital paintings and even on the hood of a car, if you ask Professor Mahallati. This is not only to show the beauty(…)

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Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

On the Qur’an Inspiring Art

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Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Fundamental to the expression of the spiritualism of Islam is the idea that its essence rests within one’s soul. In poetry and prose, that expression is rendered in literature, a reflection of the language of scholarly discourse that has endured since the religion’s founding moments. Though the application of that scholarship has changed, the Sufi(…)

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Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Islamic art and its characteristics, while variant depending on the context and space in which they were created, are highly metaphorical by nature. Art produced by Muslim Persians, Arabs, Indians and others have cultivated techniques deeply engrained in both Islamic tenets and scientific concepts resulting in the formation of a unique genre. With careful attention(…)

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Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

During the 16th century, Islamic Empires expanded and flourished throughout Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. The three most prominent Islamic Empires (the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire) ranged in their territorial vastness and length of reign. The Ottoman Empire is viewed as the largest and longest lasting Muslim Empire(…)

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Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

For the Islamic people, calligraphy is more than a means of communication. It is an art form, a way to connect with and honor the divine, which has been widely practiced for over a thousand years. The first words that the angel Gabriel said to the prophet Muhammad were, “Recite: In the name of thy(…)

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Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Paintings, massive and miniature; mosques, triumphant in their architectural prowess; calligraphy, the ancient mother of all Islamic art forms. These, among other forms, are the greater progenies of centuries of Islamic civilization’s quest for creative mastery. And indeed, the contributions of the Islamic world towards toward art in all its forms has been a timeless(…)

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Rebecca Posner: Infinity and the Written Word in Islamic Art

Rebecca Posner: Infinity and the Written Word in Islamic Art

Islamic art has several distinctive characteristics that set it apart from traditional Western or European art.  Some of these characteristics include a focus on abstract, curving patterns (such as arabesques and elaborately intertwining foliage of plants), the incorporation of lines of calligraphy (which are often lines from poems or the Qur’an), and a lessened focus(…)

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Haley Jones: Islamic Art at the AMAM

Haley Jones: Islamic Art at the AMAM

The small but diverse collection of Islamic art at the Allen Memorial Art museum is an excellent sample of the core principles governing this genre. Spanning from the late 7th century to the 20th century, as well as from Egypt to India, the collection represents a great variety of objects as well. Weapons, silverware, glassware,(…)

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Federico Consuegra : Features of Islamic Art

Federico Consuegra : Features of Islamic Art

Features of Islamic Art Islamic Art refers to the 1400 years of art created by Islamic cultures. Islamic Art is  varied, traditional, recognizable and serves to illustrate great literary works, function as utilitarian objects, and praise God.1  Islamic Art is not necessarily religious. It includes all the art created by Islamic societies and often includes(…)

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Sarah J. Williams: The Omnipresence of the Divine in Islamic Art

Sarah J. Williams: The Omnipresence of the Divine in Islamic Art

Islamic art, insofar as it can be defined, is defined by the presence of a religious intention in the product created by the artist. With this definition, it might seem redundant to say that the presence of the divine is another signifier of the body of Islamic art, and, while not inaccurate, such a statement(…)

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Georgia Lederman: Third Party Investment and Local Empowerment: Attempts at Equilibrium

Georgia Lederman: Third Party Investment and Local Empowerment: Attempts at Equilibrium

We have just received one million dollar. We have decided to create a peacemaking institution called Peace+ (pronounced peace-plus). Peace+ will address the many different domains in which peacemaking is necessary, including, “ecological, personal, institutional, political and social domains” (In class 4/26). As Peace+ budgets its one million dollars, we will follow this guiding principle:(…)

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Mohit Dubey: Four Fundamental Sufi Concepts

Mohit Dubey: Four Fundamental Sufi Concepts

The following are what I consider to be four essential ideas in Sufi mysticism. This is not to say that there are many other important ideas, and that much importance also derives from the overlap of the ideas. However, I believe these four to be essential to understanding the broader context of Sufism as it(…)

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Saad Talha: Islamic Art

Saad Talha: Islamic Art

In addition to it’s beauty, Islamic art is complex, calculated and meaningful, such that no brushstroke, line, or curve is random. While some may see Islam simply a religion, deeper and proper interpretation of the Quran, Muhammad’s Sunnah and Hadith show that Islam is a way to life one’s life. Therefore, any visual representation of(…)

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Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Islamic art plays an instrumental role in one’s understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture. Though beautiful in it’s own right, the deeper meaning and purpose of Islamic art can be understood through its worship of Allah and its connection to the divine and other vital Islamic principles. Islamic art can take many forms, although all(…)

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