Exhibition | In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca. 1575-1890

Exhibition | In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca. 1575-1890

October 22, 2018 - March 1, 2019
Rare Book & Manuscript Library (6th Floor East) - Chang Octagon Exhibition Room
Butler Library, 535 W. 114 St., New York, NY 10027

Following the introduction of lacquer-painting in the 15th century, bookbindings became a rejuvenated site for creative expression in Iran. ‘In the School of Wisdom’ presents over thirty examples, representing the diversity of the art as it developed from the late Safavid to Qajar eras and contextualizing it within a changing landscape of libraries and book culture.

Event Contact Information:
Jane Siegel
jrs19@columbia.edu

Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 Annual Report is available here.

This Annual Report includes sections on the institute’s programming initiatives, including our unique Sharī`a Workshop, which completed its third year; research on Islam in Africa, featured in the long-standing Ifriqiyya Colloquium; our Visiting Scholars; the programming of the affiliated Center for Palestine Studies; and the major upgrades to the institute’s federally mandated efforts in outreach to schools and the public.

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