List of illustrations

  • Folio from a Qur'an in Hijazi script: sura 15 (al-Hijr), verso
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Hijazi script: sura 15 (al-Hijr), recto
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Kufic script: sura 42 (Al-Shura, "Consultation"), verso
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Kufic script: sura 17 (Bani Isra'il, "The Children of Israel"), verso
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Kufic script: sura 43 (al-Zukhruf, "Ornaments of Gold"), recto
  • Bifolio from a Qur'an in Kufic script, verso of right-hand folio and recto of left-hand folio
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Kufic script: sura 49 (al-Hujurat, "The Inner Apartments"), verso
  • Folio from the "Blue Qur'an" in Kufic script: sura 2 (al-Baqara, "The Cow"), recto
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Eastern Kufic script: sura 30 (al-Rum, "The Romans"), recto
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Eastern Kufic script: sura 4 (al-Nisa, "The Women"), verso
  • Bifolio from a Qur'an in Kufic script, verso of left-hand folio and recto of right-hand folio
  • Bifolio from a Qur'an in Eastern Kufic script from the Mushaf al-Hadina ("The Nurse's Qur'an"), recto of right-hand folio and verso of left-hand folio
  • Folio from a Qur'an in Eastern Kufic script from the Mushaf al-Hadina ("The Nurse's Qur'an"), recto
  • Bifolio from Qur'an in Maghribi script, verso of right-hand folio and recto of left-hand folio
  • Bifolio from Qur'an in Maghribi script, recto of left-hand folio and verso of right-hand folio
  • Folio from Qur'an in Maghribi script: sura 37 (al-Saffat, "Who Stand Arrayed in Rows"), verso
  • Folio from Qur'an in Maghribi script: sura 37 (al-Saffat, "Who Stand Arrayed in Rows"), recto
  • Bifolio from a Qur'an in rayhani script, verso of left-hand folio and recto of right-hand folio
  • Bifolio from a Qur'an in rayhani script, verso of right-hand folio and recto of left-hand folio
  • Folio from a selection of the Qur'an in muhaqqaq script: sura 6 (al-An'am "The Cattle"), verso
  • Folio with a selection from the Qur'an in muhaqqaq script: sura 27 (al-Naml), recto
  • Folio from a Qur'an in muhaqqaq script: sura 2 (al-Baqara, "The Cow"), verso
  • Fragment of a Qur'an folio in muhaqqaq script: sura 31 (Luqman)
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Description: Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qurʾan
The exhibition and publication Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qurʾan would not have been possible without the commitment and support of Vahid Kooros. His dedication to expanding awareness of Islamic art provided the main impetus for these efforts. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is also grateful to him for soliciting the...
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Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qurʾan is an exhibition composed of folios and bifolios from the Qurʾan. These examples highlight some of the chief developments in the art of calligraphy in the historical Islamic lands, beginning in western Arabia (the Hijaz), spreading south to the Yemen and north to the Near East, and on to points...

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Description: Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qurʾan
This quote is one of several apt sayings—the authority being the peripatetic philosopher Yaʾqub b. Ishaq al-Kindi—cited by Ibn al-Nadim in his tenth-century survey of Islamic book culture. His book, the Fihrist (lit. “Catalogue,” completed 987–88), includes reports about the first people to write in Arabic, scripts used for copies of the Qurʾan, the names of...

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The third great master calligrapher in the history of the “six scripts” (al-aqlam al-sitta) was Yaqut al-Mustaʿsimi (d. c. 1298). Writers in the Persian and Ottoman Turkish art-historiographic traditions inevitably name Yaqut as...

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