Fine Arts | Problems in Islamic Art: Pen to Paper: Islamic Codicology and Paleography
A667 | 25708 | Christiane Gruber


This seminar will introduce graduate students to the materials and
methods for the study of Islamic manuscripts (Codicology) and
handwriting (Paleography). We will discuss the beginnings of Arabic
script in early Qur’ans, its development in Persian and Turkic
spheres, and its ornamental value in modern calligraphic works.
Alongside the development of penmanship, we will explore the arts of
the book and their ancillary trades such as ink-, pigment-, and paper-
making, as well as illustration, illumination, and bookbinding
especially in Persian and Turkic spheres. The course will be taught
using calligraphic fragments, manuscripts, and paintings in the Lilly
Library and the IU Art Museum, and it also will be linked to an
exhibition of Islamic book arts to be held at the museum from March to
May, 2009.

The class is limited to 12 students