26 October 2010 – 20 March 2011
Key figures in the creation of scripts suitable for the Qur’an and for secular use were widely celebrated. The 10th-century vizier Ibn Muqla, who provided a geometric codification of cursive scripts, was revered as ‘a prophet in the field of handwriting; it was poured upon his hand, even as it was revealed to the bees to make their honey cells hexagonal.’
‘Al-Mizan’ is the Arabic word for balance – both the familiar measuring instrument and the metaphorical pursuit of justice and harmony in all human endeavours. This exhibition explores the connections between the sciences and arts in Muslim societies.