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Full Circle: Illustrations of Kalila and Dimna from India to the Middle East and Back Again

25 November, 2015, 6:00pm
Bahrain National Museum –Auditorium
Free Admission
Lecture language: English

Kalila and Dimna manuscripts are an example of popular Islamic literature that were illustrated from thirteenth-century Syria to Mughal India. They have provided over the centuries subject matter taken not just from princely exploits but from all walks of life, adding yet another dimension in their sympathetic portrayals of animals in their natural setting. Their enduring appeal is shown in the number of popular editions still in print in these regions.

This talk will trace the stories from their Indian origins to the Arab, Persian and Mughal manuscripts which were illustrated with some of the most sumptuous paintings in the history of Islamic art.


Talk presented by

Dr. Bernard O’Kane

Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture The American University in Cairo

Language: English