Persian Calligraphy and related traditional arts of books make up the most important forms of Iranian-Islamic art, which are still living practiced traditions up to today. This volume puts together a first-of-a-kind handbook and contains the most important termini technici as well as expressions and techniques connected to the traditional art of Persian calligraphy (mostly Nastaʿlīq), calligraphy tools such as the reed pen, paper and ink as well as some related fields, like taẕhīb (illumination), tašʿīr (historiated painting), book binding, etc. The content is based on thirty prominent classical Persian treatises, composed between twelfth and twentieth centuries. All terms and expressions are followed by an English description and often accompanied by an illustration. These expressions, which are key to understanding old calligraphic treatises and many relevant sources on Islamic art, are meant to familiarise the reader with both common and forgotten techniques and terminology of calligraphic traditions. The volume addresses not only the artists and scholars of Iranian and Islamic art history, but also those, who are dealt with Islamic and Iranian manuscripts, manuscript cultures, codicology and palaeography.
Both the author and the editor of this volume are trained practicing calligraphers and illuminators, who learned the art of calligraphy and illumination through long, traditional study under masters of this art.
Hamid Reza Ghelichkhani, Ph.D. (2012, Delhi University), is a calligrapher and an independent scholar. He has published several books including Zar-Afshan: A Dictionary of Terms Relating to Calligraphy, Ornamentation, and the Making of Manuscripts as Found in Classical Persian Poetry (Tehran, 2013).
Shervin Farridnejad, Ph.D. (2014, Georg-August University of Göttingen), is a calligrapher, illuminator and scholar of ancient and classical Iranian Studies at the Austran Academy of Sciences, Vienna. He has published monographs, and articles most notably on the Judeo-Persian and Zoroastrian iconography, literature and manuscript cultures, among others Die Sprache der Bilder: Eine Studie zur ikonographischen Exegese der anthropomorphen Götterbilder im Zoroastrismus (Harrassowitz 2018).
Editor’s Preface Author’s Note Translator’s Note List of Illustrations Notes on Alphabetical Order, Pronunciation, Transcription and Dates Transcription Tables Abbreviations
The Persian Treatises as Primary Sources on Iranian Calligraphy
Appendix 1: Map of Greater Iran
Appendix 2: Map of the Persianate World
Appendix 3: Major Islamic Dynasties
Bibliography of Cited, Selected Related Works, and Abbreviations
Index of Personal and Historical Names
Index of Technical Notions, Materials and Terms
All interested in the Iranian and Islamic art history, manuscripts, manuscript cultures, codicology and palaeography.