Persian poet Ferdowsi’s Shahnamah gets a digital makeover


Persian poet Ferdowsi's Shahnamah gets a digital makeoverIn his small studio in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Hamid Rahmanian spent 10,000 hours in front of his computer cobbling together a new Shahnameh, the epic mythology of Iran. In the 1,000 years since the Persian poet Ferdowsi put the oral tradition into verse, there have been many versions produced in lithograph, miniature and manuscript form. To create Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings, Rahmanian meticulously researched and scanned images and texts spanning the 14th through the 19th centuries, from the Indian subcontinent to the Levant and beyond.

via Shahnameh of the Digital Age | ArtsIslamica.

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Minaret of Ancient Aleppo Mosque Destroyed


The historic Umayyad mosque in Aleppo without its minaret

The minaret of Aleppo’s ancient Umayyad mosque has been destroyed, Syrian state media and activists say, with the regime and the opposition blaming each other. The mosque, in Aleppo’s UNESCO-listed Old City, has been the centre of fighting for months and had already suffered extensive damage.

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A Remarkable Rediscovery


Saloua Raouda Choucair 5

In 2010, when curators from the Tate Modern in London stepped into the Beirut home of Saloua Raouda Choucair, a Lebanese artist, they were amazed. The house and studio of the woman they would come to call “a pioneer of modernism in the Middle East” was crammed with so many sculptures that some pieces doubled as furniture. Yet hardly any of the hundreds of abstract works, in stone, wood, metal and fiberglass, along with early paintings, had ever been seen in public.

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See also: A Quest for the Essence

and: Saloua Raouda Choucair: Modernism Off the Map

and: Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate Modern

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