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Epigraphy (Islamic)
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Epigraphy (from the Greek epigráphein ‘to write on’) is the science or study of inscriptions. It is distinguished from calligraphy (lit. ‘beautiful writing’ Script and art) by the nature of the physical support on which the writing is inscribed. Epigraphy is executed on durable materials. In the Islamic lands these include buildings made…

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Sheila S. Blair, “Epigraphy (Islamic)”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0008>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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