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Prince Amyn Mohamed Aga Khan Speaks at Zamana Gallery - 1989-01-26

Thursday, 1989, January 26

Speaking at the opening, Prince Amyn Mohammed said that of all art forms " Calligraphy holds pride of place as the foremost and perhaps most characteristic of the modes of visual expression in Islam." The tradition of calligraphy "started with the earliest written versions of the Quran in the mid-seventh century," said Prince Amyn Mohammed, "gained speed between the ninth and tenth centuries, when Arabic calligraphy entered a more codified form, knew a slight decline with the spread of printing throughout the Muslim world, but basically enjoyed ten centuries of uninterrupted growth and splendour. It is a tradition which still endures today among Muslims scattered across the far reaches of the globe."


Speech at the Zamana Gallery-1989-01-26

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Your Excellencies, Mr. Mayor, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am delighted to have been asked to open this exhibition on Islamic Calligraphy. Indeed, of all the Muslim art forms, calligraphy holds, perhaps, pride of place as the foremost and perhaps most characteristic of the modes of visual expression in Islam. From China to Canada and from Russia to South Africa, the widespread use of calligraphy still unites Muslims and visibly differentiates them from the adepts of other religions.

Prince Amyn Mohamed Aga Khan Speaking at Zamana Gallery-1989-01-26

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On 26 January, 1989, Prince Amyn Mohammed, A Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, opened the most important exhibition of Islamic calligraphy to be seen in London for many years.

The exhibition at the Zamana Gallery was entitled : Islamic Calligraphy : Sacred and Secular Writings, and contained many rare and beautiful examples dating back over the past one thousand years, drawn from Spain, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, India and Africa and consisting of works sent by galleries and from private collections.

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