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Islam and the Classical Heritage

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“Alexander studying with Nichomachus and Aristotle”, folio 12, verso, in Khamsa (Quintet) (detail), by Nizami Ganjavi (1141‒1209), India, 17th century, illustrations possibly later. Copyist unknown; text in Persian Ink, Opaque Watercolor, And Gold On Paper 36 X 25.1 X 3.3 Cm. © From the collections of The National Library of Israel, Ms. Yah. Ar. 1021. Photo: Ardon Bar-Hama
Islam and the Classical Heritage

Clement St & 34th Ave
Lincoln Park
94121 San Francisco
CA
US
August 25th, 2018 - January 27th, 2019
Opening: August 25th, 2018 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/
EMAIL:  
contact@famsf.org
PHONE:  
415-750-3600
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sun 9:30-5:15

DESCRIPTION

From the legendary life and exploits of Alexander the Great (known as Iskandar in the Islamic tradition) to the insights of Islamic mathematicians who first introduced the concept of algebra (al-jabr), this exhibition brings a larger awareness of how authors, philosophers, and scientists of the Islamic world spread and transformed classical knowledge through the medium of illustrated manuscripts. Representing heroes such as Alexander and other historic notables, including Aristotle and Ptolemy, the exhibition features works created in Iran, India, Turkey, Spain, and Italy from the fourteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The manuscripts in this exhibition are drawn from the National Library of Israel's special collection.

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