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Islamic Art & Architecture: Art of the Book & Calligraphy

Art of the Book

Inscriptions: Context & Style

The first object created by God, according to early Muslim commentators, was the pen, which he used to chronicle events to come. The word, in its various manifestations, is central to the Islamic faith, and inscriptions are central to Islamic art. They serve numerous functions: decorating, proclaiming ownership and patronage, proffering good wishes and proverbs, and spreading religious texts throughout the world.
Sheila Blair, Islamic Inscriptions (below)

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