Iconic books are texts revered as objects of power rather than just as words of instruction, information, or insight. In religious and secular rituals around the globe, people carry, show, wave, touch and kiss books and other texts, as well as read them. This blog chronicles such events and activities. (For more about iconic books, see the links to the Iconic Books Project at left.)
Monday, July 16, 2007
Islamic Art in London
Posted by Jim Watts
Rare Book News points out the opening of "Spirit and Life," an exhibit of Islamic Art from the Agha Khan Museum collection at the Ismaili Center in London, July 14 through August 31. The displays include "one of the finest illustrated manuscripts ever produced, the Persian epic masterpiece of Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), and an extremely rare copy of the Canon of Medicine of Ibn Sina also known as Avicenna."