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Untold stories of Maghribī Qurʾans (12th-14th centuries)
In this talk Dr Umberto Bongianino will shed some new light on the rich, yet often overlooked tradition of Quranic calligraphy and illumination of the Islamic West. The specificities and context of production of some little-known Maghribī Qurʾans will be discussed as a means of unveiling the values and concerns of the people who made, owned, and endowed them. Like no other artifacts, these precious codices can be regarded as a synthesis of scholarship, aesthetic thinking, and socio-political claims peculiar to the medieval Maghrib and al-Andalus, and can provide us with a new perspective on the cultural history of these regions.

May 18, 2021 05:00 PM in London

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