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The Cosmic Script - Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship (Hardcover): Ahmed Moustafa

The Cosmic Script - Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship (Hardcover)

Ahmed Moustafa

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This landmark study is the first comprehensive exploration of the `Proportioned Script', an Arabic writing system attributed to the Abbasid wazir (minister) Ibn Muqla and the master scribe Ibn al-Bawwab that has dominated the art of Arabic and Islamic penmanship from the 10th century to the present day. Volume One, `Sources and Principles of the Geometry of Letters', traces the origin of the Proportioned Script to the cross-cultural encounter between Greek learning and the scientific, artistic and philosophical pursuits of classical Islam. On the basis of instructions in surviving sources it identifies a grid module that serves as a common foundation for the design of all the Arabic letter shapes. In Volume Two, `From Geometric Pattern to Living Form', the authors construct each of the letter shapes on the grid module and compare their findings to samples traced by two classical master scribes. They conclude by examining the religious, aesthetic and cosmological significance of the Proportioned Script in the wider context of the Islamic cultural heritage. Drs Moustafa and Sperl have succeeded in unearthing the very foundations of Arabic penmanship, with implications for the arts of Islam as a whole.

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Imprint: Thames and Hudson
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2014
Authors: Ahmed Moustafa
Dimensions: 295 x 350 x 87mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Volumes: 2
Pages: 724
ISBN-13: 978-0-500-51766-6
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LSN: 0-500-51766-5
Barcode: 9780500517666

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