About me

giuliaaboutIWAI am a researcher in Islamic art and architecture.
I have always loved epigraphy, and particularly (Qur’anic) inscriptions on monuments.
Reading inscriptions is challenging, but even more challenging is setting them in context, understanding why a quotation was chosen and what caused the choice, who wrote the text, for whom.

I am the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online and open-access magazine: IWA Islamic World of Art .

I strongly believe that culture and research cannot be confined to an academic department, that sharing ideas is the best way to go on and build new theories, that books, essays, and articles should be open access and available for everyone, everywhere. I think that any new idea deserves a chance and that only stupids don’t change their minds.

This is what I think, and this is my blog.


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Not only SquareKufic

I love writing articles, and not only about inscriptions. Here is a list of articles I have written here and there.


Backpacking in Turkey, published Nov 2014, Al.Arte magazine [link]
On the Bride’s Side: Crossing Fortress Europe with Refugees, published Dec 2014, Al.Arte magazine [link]
The Game of Patterns, interview with Mahdi Bahrami, published Feb 2016, IWA magazine [link]
Sicily in the Book of Curiosities, Siqilliyya, Nov 2015 [link]


Rendere arabo ciò che arabo non è. La Camera delle Meraviglie di Palermo., published Jan 2017, Dialoghi Mediterranei [link]
Indictus, tra storia narrata e Storia documentata, published Mar 2018, Dialoghi Mediterranei [link]