Workshop: Writing as Intermediary Text-Image Relations in Early Modern Islamic Cultures, Islamic Art and Archaeology
University of Bamberg/Schillerplatz 17, 10th to 12th October, 2019
The importance of writing for Islamic culture is well established, be it only for the reed pen (qalam), which has adopted, in the writings of some Muslim philosophers, the role of the first intellect, and was known among Islamic calligraphers as God’s instrument of creation. Nonetheless, some unsolved research questions are connected with this cultural technique. Of central importance is the relation between text and image, closely interwoven with the problem zone of the so-called prohibition of images in Islam. With regard to calligraphy, hybrid between text and image, and at the same time the most renowned form of Islamic Art, the question is whether it exists to be read or to be looked at?
The workshop will focus on text-image relations in the Ottoman and the Indo-Persian sphere during the 15th to 17th centuries. We are planning to take a wider view and integrate approaches of media theories from the field of Visual Culture Studies as well as interdisciplinary research transcending periods and cultures, which can enhance our discussion of script and writing.