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Calligraphy and Manuscripts in "Bilad Shinqit" (Mauritania): From the origins to the late 20th century

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room, Evanston, IL 60208 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rebecca Shereikis   (847) 491-2598

Group: Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA)

Co-Sponsor: Program of African Studies

Category: Academic, Fine Arts, Lectures & Meetings, Religious, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


Join the Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa for a talk by Mohameden  Ahmedou.

Lunch will be served during the talk.

A professional calligrapher and historian of the Arabic script based in Noukachott, Mohameden Ahmedou also helps to oversee his family’s distinctive collection of manuscripts—the Library of Muhammadin ‘Abd as-Samad—in Trarza, Mauritania. He has completed several decorated copies of the Holy Qur’an, including the Mauritanian Mushaf (the first Mauritanian printed copy of Qur’an), with a cover and extensive decorations inventively adapted from wall art.

Committed to reviving the calligraphic traditions of West Africa, Ahmmedou and other calligraphers have created a Mauritanian Association of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation and are establishing an institute for these arts—the first of its kind in Mauritania.

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