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Arabic typography: history and practice

Nemeth, T. ORCID:, Bringhurst, R., Conidi, E., Izadpanah, B. ORCID:, Leonidas, G. ORCID: and Yazıcıgil, O. (2022) Arabic typography: history and practice. niggli, Salenstein, pp416. ISBN 9783721210170

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This book weaves together perspectives on Arabic typography and type-making that confront historical research with contemporary design. It assembles essays by a cohort of scholars who are practising typographic designers, presenting findings from recently concluded research projects. From the history of Arabic type made in Europe, to in-depth studies of Ottoman and Persian naskh foundry type in the nineteenth century, and a critical consideration of the role of Arabic typography in the Nahḍah, this book offers substantive scholarly discussion. These historical essays are juxtaposed and complemented by an introduction that considers the volume against the backdrop of established typographic narratives, and a practical guide that outlines the foundations of contemporary Arabic typography. Through this unique format, theory and practice engage in the most literal way, offering unprecedented depth of enquiry and breadth of reference. With 270 illustrations integrated into its arguments, this authoritative volume will appeal to designers, educators, students, and scholars of the Middle East alike.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Typography & Graphic Communication
ID Code:106217

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