Welcome to Navigating Culture: Islam and Encounter in the Indian Ocean World, a Claremont Colleges Library, Special Collections exhibit reflecting the movement of people, culture, and ideas between Africa and Asia via passage through the Indian Ocean, spanning the 7th to 19th centuries.
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Manuscript in Arabic, written in naskhi script, with gold border on each leaf, six fully illuminated leaves, lacquer binding, and doublures; on spine:…
Calligraphy, or beautiful writing, is arguably the most identifiable and time-honored form of Islamic art. By the 10th century, six...
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From a Hamzanama manuscript, gouache with gold on cotton cloth, c. 1570. On loan to the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, from Howard Hodgkin.
gouache with gold and silver on paper, On loan to the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, from Howard Hodgkin