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The Art of Epigraphy - event postponed

Between the Tangible and the Intangible in Mosque Art and Architecture

The Art of Epigraphy
Exhibitions | Seminars

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled in Autumn 2020.

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We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • From: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 9.30 am
  • To: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 2 pm
  • Location: Rooms 02, 03, Dryden building, Dryden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FZ
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 17 June 2020, 12.00 pm
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Event details

Epigraphy in Islamic architecture represented an indispensable element in its conceptual design and structure. Since the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, extensive chronological documentation of Islamic inscriptions has been carried out on monuments around the Muslim world. Inscriptions, especially on buildings like Mosques which were considered the center of the Muslim city and political power, have an important architectural as well as aesthetical function, in terms of their location, style, form and content. Several approaches have been presupposed to examine these inscriptions.

This interdisciplinary seminar aims to examine the use of inscriptions in both historical and contemporary art and architecture of Mosques. It aims to bring together doctoral students, scholars, early-career researchers from different disciplines, as well as non-academic practitioners and artists in UK to participate and present on interdisciplinary panels, in order to share their perspectives and knowledge.

Topics to be covered might include the following:

  1. The visual and literal perceptions of Islamic epigraphy
  2. The role of epigraphy in Islamic art and architecture
  3. The factors affecting the art of epigraphy.
  4. Symbolism behind the architectural epigraphy in Mosques.
  5. The process of designing, integrating and implementing epigraphy in Mosques.
  6. The issues researchers face when studying epigraphy/Islamic Art and Architecture, including epistemological methods and tools of interpretation.

An Exhibition on Islamic inscriptions and Mosque epigraphy will be held as part of the seminar.


For Presentations: We welcome participants to submit proposals consisting of a title and abstract up to 500 words to  with “Abstract Proposal” in the subject line by midnight on 15th April 2020 (GMT).  Contributions to this seminar will be understood to be either completed works or works in progress.

For Exhibition: We welcome participants to submit photographs of mosques architecture and epigraphy to be included in the Exhibition. Please send your proposals to with “Exhibition Proposal” in the subject line. The image size should be at least 4960 x 7016 pixels at 300 dpi.

Notifications of accepted proposals will be sent on the 1st of May.

Accepted participants are expected to present a 10-15 mins presentations around their submitted proposals.


The Seminar will be hosted by the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, Nottingham Trent University. The event is free of charge; however, registration is required to book a place.  Refreshments and coffee will be provided.

Location details


Rooms 02, 03
Dryden building
Dryden Street

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