Videos from the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art “God Is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture” are now available on the website of the Doha Islamic Art Museum.
In light of the seminar on a Seljuq Qu’ran manuscript I just took this semester, I was particularly interested to see François Déroche speaking about a monumental Abbasid Qur’an known as the Qur’an of Uthman in Tashkent.
The Library of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Parliament in Tehran has digitized a large number of manuscripts, which are now accessible on their website. These include Persian, Arabic and Turkish manuscripts:
Manuscripts can be searched by name or catalog number.
Expert tip: “I would recommend that you use Persian spellings while conducting searches with Arabic search terms which are common to Persian. Also, use minimal search strings to get better results. For example, instead of أخبار use the Persian spelling اخبار; instead of حنيفة use حنيفه
An entire digital copy of most manuscripts can be downloaded by pressing the link تحويل.”
Download speeds may be very slow.
Ornament as Portable Culture: Between Globalism and Localism, a conference at Harvard University April 12-14, 2012, should be wonderful. Oleg Grabar’s work on ornament in Islamic art has too often been taken as the final word on the topic, when it seems actually to sketch the outlines of problem that no one could hope to unravel in a single book.
A new set of spherical panoramas of the Cathedral/Mosque of Cordoba was recently produced by Promedia 2.0. The map in the top right corner of the interface is especially useful for helping visitors understand the location of the panorama within the cathedral.