SOAS University of London

Stefan Sperl and Ahmed Moustafa win Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Professor Stefan Sperl, Head of SOAS University of London’s Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East, and Dr Ahmed Moustafa, SOAS Research Associate, have been announced as winners of the Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their joint publication 'The Cosmic Script: Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship' (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014). Read more...

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