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The Arts of the Book in the Islamic World and the Role of Women

In our full-day event commemorating International Women’s Day, we will celebrate the creative power of women in the Islamic art of the book. Calligraphy, illumination, miniature painting—the art of the book is the most fundamental element of Islamic art and is highly regarded throughout the world. Although there is a growing body of research on its origin and development in general, little is still known about the role women played in the evolution of Islamic book art.

The event will feature several historical lectures, artist talks, and video streams of contemporary practitioners that explore women’s talent and influence in the Islamic art world throughout history. It will show that much of that heritage is still alive today.

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