Inscriptions in Turkish Islamic Art

Inscriptions are key elements of not only Turkish but also Islamic art. The nonfigurative character of the Islamic art and particularly the glorification of the “pen” in the Quran have contributed to the development of writing itself as a form of art. Together with the knowledge of the construction process and the function of the buildings, inscriptions in Turkish-Islamic art and architecture constitute a significant part of the decorative repertoire. This essay reviews some of the leading works on inscriptions in the Turkish-Islamic art and categorizes the rest in the form of a bibliography.

Kemal Özkurt

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