Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
The Arabic saying, “Purity of writing is purity of the soul” vividly describes the status of the master calligrapher in Islamic society. It was believed that only a person of spiritual devotion and clear thought could achieve the skill required for this supreme art.
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12)
Lesson or Activity
For centuries a process was followed to ensure that precious art objects would be secure in Afghanistan. A particular person, the “key holder”(tahilwidar), and appointed witnesses were responsible for the task of protecting national treasures. In the first part of the activity students will participate in acting out the roles of the key holder, and will discuss the efficacy of this system. In the second part of the activity students are introduced to the meticulous process that was followed in order to preserve the Afghan tahilwidar tradition while taking inventory of the treasure.
Elementary School (4-5),Middle School (6-8),High School (9-12),College and Beyond
The Buddha—that is, the “Enlightened One”—lived nearly 2500 years ago in northern India. His followers have always seen his life as a shining example to all, but what “really happened” is now impossible to know for certain. Even the earliest stories of his life include miraculous events that may seem hard to take literally. Later versions are even more elaborate, and they differ from one another in many details.
Stories of the prophets from the Old and New Testaments have had a long history of illustration in Islamic painting traditions. Drawing from accounts in the Qur’an and other sources in Islamic literature, scholars, poets, historians and storytellers developed new texts on the lives of the prophets. These texts were often accompanied by paintings. Dr. Robert Hillenbrand will explore the richness of some of these literary and artistic traditions.