Selections of Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Calligraphy presents examples of calligraphic art, including illuminated panels, albums, and poems covering the 9th to the 19th century. This presentation also includes essays on Ottoman and Persian calligraphic styles, an in-depth look at Qur'anic calligraphic fragments, and an essay discussing some of the Library's notable Arabic script calligraphy sheets and illuminations.
These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Calligraphers of the Persian Tradition
- Ottoman Calligraphers and Their Works
- Qur’anic Fragments
- Noteworthy Items
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Intensified Hemispheric Interactions 1000-1500
- Global Expansion and Encounter, 1450-1770
- An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
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- Cuneiform Tablets: From the Reign of Gudea of Lagash to Shalmanassar III
- Islamic Manuscripts from Mali
- Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu
- World Treasures of the Library of Congress: Beginnings
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