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This course introduces Islamic manuscripts from the 7th century continuing to ca. 1800 and their importance as texts and as artistic works combining the arts of calligraphy, illumination, illustration and book production. Study will focus on the Qur’an as well as secular manuscripts ranging from chronicles, universal histories, travelers’ descriptions and on topics such as medicine, astronomy, medicine, geography, and collections of stories such as the Maqamat. We will also look at the establishment of major libraries indicating the tremendous value placed upon learning.
Woven throughout the class will be discussion of the medium (materials and techniques), sequence of production, the establishment of scriptoria, types of script, decorative elements, workshop practice, patronage, and possible reasons for the late movement into printed text.
Dr. Beall completed her PhD at Brown University. A Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Dept. of Art, Music & Theater at Assumption College, President Emerita of the Worcester Chapter of the AIA - Archaeological Institute of America, and as a Visiting Professor at Clark University teaching African and Islamic art and architecture.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609