#IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 2 | The Blue Room in Palermo (reading its content)

The story of the finding  of the blue room is interesting, full of opinions and full of gaps. I am following its developments, as much as I can, since it started, in late 2013. Many interpretations have been proposed so far, but before providing an interpretation on my own, it is necessary to step back … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 2 | The Blue Room in Palermo (reading its content)

#IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 1 | The Blue Room in Palermo (a story in three chapters)

A blue room with decorations clearly inspired by Islamic epigraphy is found in a private house in Palermo. Since its discovery, a carousel of authorities, scholars and onlookers have visited the house, and everyone seems to have something to say. Including myself. Chapter 1 - discovering a mosque Summer 2013. A young couple buys a … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Episode 2, part 1 | The Blue Room in Palermo (a story in three chapters)

Amulets, talismans, and Qur’anic inscriptions

In the last few months, two important museums have organized two distinct exhibitions dedicated to amulets and talismans in the Islamic world. The Metropolitan Museum's exhibition, Power and Piety: Islamic talismans on the battlefield, showcases a selection of arms and armor decorated with inscriptions and images believed to protect the warriors during battles. A second exhibition, titled … Continue reading Amulets, talismans, and Qur’anic inscriptions

The light at the end of the tunnel – Islamic Art Market

Every year in London two Islamic Art Weeks are held in October and April, in which the three major auction houses (Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's) organize their four traditional sales of Islamic Art. The last Islamic Art Week, Spring 2016, took place in mid-April. The sales can be analyzed in different ways: the objects sold, … Continue reading The light at the end of the tunnel – Islamic Art Market

#IslamicForgeries – Episode 1 | The ‘Sicilian’ Council

Sicily is both famous and notorious. The splendour of its past is recognised worldwide: Greeks, Byzantines, Fatimids, Normans and on and on. If you flip the coin you have mafia, corruptions, omertà (code of silence). The story of the Council of Egypt combines in part these two aspects of the island. The historical and artistic legacy … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Episode 1 | The ‘Sicilian’ Council

#IslamicForgeries – Intro | Why are they fascinating?

Forgeries are bad. They are fake reproductions of an original object, made on purpose, to fool people. Museums, collectors and scholars feel sort of ashamed when they realise they have displayed, bought or studied a forgery they believed authentic. It has been quite a long time I have been thinking about digging more into a … Continue reading #IslamicForgeries – Intro | Why are they fascinating?

The Dome of the Rock – its inscriptions and the religious relations in early Islamic Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock is probably the most studied Islamic monument. The architectural forms and features of the monuments and the inscriptions that decorate its walls have been studied and discussed thoroughly by scholars and academics, in many occasion creating a link between the Dome and other monuments. I also have written an article on … Continue reading The Dome of the Rock – its inscriptions and the religious relations in early Islamic Jerusalem

Hijazi script, carbon dating and Qur’anic manuscripts – a response to Italian news

In these days newspapers and online communities started to take into consideration early Qur'anic manuscripts. This is thanks to Dr. Alba Fedeli, who discovered one of the earliest known copies of the Qur'an. Being a former student of Professor Alba Fedeli, and having written my bachelor thesis on the Sanaa manuscripts, under her supervision I … Continue reading Hijazi script, carbon dating and Qur’anic manuscripts – a response to Italian news