Illuminating Beauty, Illustrating Harmony: A Gallery celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Institute of Ismaili Studies
‘Illuminating’ and ‘illustrating’ are appropriate from with the perspectives of calligraphy and the arts of the book, and are also linked to notions of knowledge and learning in Islam. A significant number of items in this exhibition are, therefore, related to the arts of the book, in particular the Qur’an.
‘Beauty’ - suggestive of the concept of wonder - and ‘harmony’ - suggestive of the concept of resonance - transcend distances in time and space. These terms have a plurality of meanings in Islam’s artistic and intellectual heritage, yet also reflect a continuum within the context of its vast historical span and geographical scope.