ARTH 247 Handout 5

ARTH 247 Handout 5 - division dating to the 7th century •...

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ARTH 27 September 25, 2009 Abbasid Arts of the Book Arabic Calligraphy Terms khatt —calligraphy, script, handwriting Hijazi script Kufic script naskh— one of the major cursive scripts. mashq —the practice of increasing the horizontality of certain letters to justify a line. qalam —reed pen (word comes from a verb meaning to trim or to shave. Reed pens are always accompanied by a special knife, as they must be trimmed continually to make a good writing point). Parchment and paper Qur’an Terms al-Qur’an —literally, ‘the recitation’, the holy book of Islam mashaf, mushaf, pl. masahif —copy of the Qur’an in book form juz’/ajaz’ —a division of the Qur’an, usually into 30 parts. This is the oldest
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Unformatted text preview: division, dating to the 7th century. • sura , pl. suwar —chapter of the Qur’an • aya , pl. ayat —individual verse of the Qur’an Book Making Terms • codex—standard book form, as opposed to scroll. • quire—folded sheets of paper, fixed together to form a book. Manuscripts • Blue Quran, 10 th century, Qayrawan, Tunisia • Dioscurides, De Materia Medica (1st century medical compendium), 13 th century Iraq • Abu Muhammad al-Qasim b. ‘Ali al-Hariri (1054-1122), Maqamat (s. maqama) Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti, scribe of the Maqamat in Paris....
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2010 for the course ART 247 taught by Professor Tohme during the Fall '09 term at Wellesley College.

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