SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Sixteenth Century Bindings in the Western Islamic World

Nuria Martínez-de-Castilla-Muñoz (UCM)

Date: 24 October 2013Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 24 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

In 1502, the Muslims who lived in the Iberian Peninsula were obliged to convert to Christianity; however, from that date on, some crypto-Islamic communities, called Moriscos, remained in Spain until their final expulsion in 1609. Even if they were obliged to give up their religion, customs and language, they still copied Islamic texts in Spanish in Arabic script (aljamiado), or even in Arabic. When it came to binding their manuscripts, they did not follow the old Islamic techniques, but the Christian ones. On the other hand, during the same century, Morocco went through a strained political relationship with the Ottoman empire. However, as far as their books were concerned, Moroccan binders tried to follow the Ottoman aesthetical models. The aim of this presentation is to analyse the bindings among the Islamic communities of these two countries, from a double point of view –technical and aesthetic-, under the paradoxical cultural influence of Christians and Ottomans, respectively.

Organiser: Dr Anna Contadini

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