An Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts

An Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
5601 Main street
Houston, Texas, United States 77004

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The arts of the book in the Islamic world encompass nearly 1,400 years of rich and varied production, from the earliest Qur’anic codices of the seventh century to the albums of calligraphy, painting, and drawing assembled by connoisseurs in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. This workshop will introduce religious manuscripts, literary manuscripts, and albums from the Islamic world through examples selected from the outstanding permanent and long-term loan collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Participants will learn to associate certain styles, materials, and formats with each genre, and will also gain insight about the collection and display of Islamic manuscripts in museums.

BSA members are encouraged to attend, but membership in the Society is not required. If you are interested in joining a growing, inter-disciplinary and inter-professional community of bibliographers and book historians, please find information about membership here.



This workshop will be led by Margaret Squires, curatorial assistant for Art of the Islamic Worlds at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Margaret holds a BA in Arabic language and literature and an MA in Islamic art and architecture. She has studied manuscripts from across Islamic lands and recently installed a new display focused on the arts of the book in the MFAH’s permanent galleries for art of the Islamic worlds. In addition to her art historical background, Margaret is also a trained Arabic calligrapher.
 
Image: Folio from a Qur’an Manuscript, Tunisia, late 9th century, ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on parchment, 9 1/4 ? 12 7/8 in. (23.5 ? 32.7 cm). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Friends of Art of the Islamic Worlds, 2011.402.

location

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
5601 Main street
Houston, Texas, United States 77004

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Event hosted by

The Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537, Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY, 10021
Erin Schreiner, Executive Director
bsa@bibsocamer.org

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