Bibliography

This is a continually growing bibliography of my sources. For materials and art shops in London see Resources.

Arabic Calligraphy and the Kufic Scripts

  • Afa, Omar and Mohammad al-Maghrâwi. Al-Khaṭṭ al-Maghribī : tārīkh wa-wāqiʿ wa-āfāq الخط المغربي : تاريخ و واقع و آفاق . Casablanca : Manshūrāt Wizārat al-Awqāf wa-al-Shuʾūn al-Islāmīyah, 2007
  • Blair, Sheila. Islamic Calligraphy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.
  • Dhannûn, Bassim. Sirr al-ḥurūf wa-siḥr al-takwīn سرّ الحروف وسحر التكوين . Beirut : al-Dār al-ʿArabīyah lil-Mawsūʿāt, 2014
  • Diyâ’ el-Din, M. Moslem calligraphy : A monograph on Moslem calligraphy, with 163 illustrations of its various styles and ornamental designs. Calcutta : Visua-Bharati Bookshop, 1936.
  • Fraser, Marcus and Will Kwiatkowski. Ink and Gold, Islamic Calligraphy. London: Sam Fogg, 2006.
  • George, Alain. The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy. London : Saqi, 2010.
  • Guesdon, Marie-Geneviève and Annie Vernay-Nouri. L’art du livre arabe. Du manuscrit au livre d’artiste. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 2001.
  • James, David. The Master Scribes. Qur’ans of the 10th to 14th centuries AD. London: Nour Foundation, 1992.
  • Khân, Gabriele Mandel. L’écriture arabe. Alphabet, variantes et adaptations calligraphiques. Paris: Flammarion, 2011.
  • Khan, Geoffrey A. Standardisation and variation in the orthography of Hebrew Bible and Arabic Qur’an manuscripts, in MME 5 (1990-1991), pp. 53-58.
  • Lings, Martin. The Quranic art of calligraphy and illumination. London : World of Islam Festival Trust, 1976.
  • Massoudi, Hassan. Calligraphie arabe vivante. Paris : Flammarion, 1981.
  • McWilliams, Mary and David J. Roxburgh. Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600-1900. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.
  • Roxburgh. David J. Writing the word of God : Calligraphy and the Qur’an. Houston, Texas: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 2008.
  • Safadi, Yasin Hamid. Islamic calligraphy. London : Thames and Hudson, 1978.
  • Welch, Anthony. Calligraphy in the arts of the Muslim world. Folkestone : Dawson, 1979.
  • Whelan, Estelle, ‘Writing the Word of God: Some Early Qur’an Manuscripts and Their Milieux, Part I’, in: Ars Orientalis 20 (1990), pp. 113-147.

Sacred Art (ethos and techniques) including Geometry

  • Azzam, Khaled. Arts & crafts of the Islamic lands : principles, materials, practice. London : Thames & Hudson, 2013.
  • Barry, Michael. Colour and Symbolism in Islamic Architecture. London : Thames and Hudson, 1996.
  • Bourgoin, J. Arabic Geometrical Pattern and Design. Dover Publications Inc. 1974.
  • Broug, Eric. Islamic Geometric Patterns. Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2008.
  • Broug, Eric. Islamic Geometric Design. Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2013.
  • Burckhardt, Titus. Art of Islam : language and meaning. London : World of Islam Festival Publishing Co. Ltd, 1976.
  • Burckhardt, Titus. Sacred art in East and West : its principles and methods. Louisville, Ky. : Fons Vitae, 1967.
  • Collins, Cecil. The vision of the fool and other writings. Ipswich : Golgonooza, 2002.
  • Critchlow, Keith. Islamic patterns : an analytical and cosmological approach. London : Thames and Hudson, 1976.
  • Doerner, Max. The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting. NY: Harcourt Brace International, 1984.
  • Ibn Arabi with Charles-André Gilis. Le Livre du Mîm, du Wâw et du Nûn. Beirut: Dar el Bouraq, 2002.
  •  Ibn Arabi with Michel Chodkiewicz. Les Illuminations de la Mecque. Albin Michel, 1997.
  • Lundy, Miranda. Sacred Geometry. Wooden Books, 2000.
  • Michell, John with Allan Brown. How the world is made : the story of creation according to sacred geometry. Rochester, Vt. : Inner Traditions, c2009.
  • Sutton, Andrew. Ruler and Compass: Practical Geometric Constructions. Wooden Books, 2009.
  • Sutton, Daud. Islamic Design: a genius for geometry. Wooden Books, 2007.
  • Temple, Richard. Icons and the mystical origins of Christianity. Shaftesbury : Element, 1990.
  • Wilson, Eva. Islamic Designs (British Museum Pattern Books). British Museum Press, 1988.

Sufi themes

  • Afifi, A. E. The Twenty-Nine Pages. Introduction to Ibn ‘Arabi’s “Metaphysics of Unity”. Beshara Publications, 1998.
  • Angha, Nahid. Stations of the Sufi Path. The One Hundred Fields (Sad Maydan) of Abdullah Ansari of Herat. Cambridge: Archetype, 2010.
  • Anṣārī al-Harawī, ʿAbd Allāh ibn Muḥammad. Stations of the wayfarers. Paris : Albouraq, c2011.
  • Chittick, William C. The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn Al-‘Arabi’s Cosmology. State University of New York Press, 1997.
  • Chittick, William C. The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn Al-Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination. State University of New York Press, 1989
  • Corbin, Henry. The man of light in Iranian Sufism. London : Shambhala, 1978.
  • Corbin, Henry. Alone with the alone : creative imagination in the Ṣūfism of Ibn ʿArabī. Princeton, N.J. ; Chichester : Princeton University Press, c1997.
  • Ebstein, Michael. Mysticism and Philosophy in al-Andalus: Ibn Masarra, Ibn Arabi and the Isma’îli Tradition. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
  • Ernst, Carl W. The Shambhala guide to Sufism. Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 1997.
  • Hirtenstein, Stephen. The Unlimited Mercifier : the spiritual life and thought of Ibn ʿArabi. Oxford : Anqa Publishing, 1999
  • Ibn al-ʻArabī. Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries and the Rising of the Divine Lights. Translated by Cecilia Twinch & Pablo Beneito. Oxford : Anqa Publishing, 2001.
  • Lings, Martin. A Sufi Saint of the twentieth century, Shaikh Ahmad al-‘Alawi. Cambridge : Islamic Texts Society, 1993.
  • Meyer, Wali Ali and Bilal Hyde. Physicians of the Heart: A Sufi View of the Ninety-Nine Names of Allah.
  • Renard, John. Historical dictionary of Sufism. Oxford : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
  • Sviri, Sara. The Taste of Hidden Thing: Images on the Sufi Path. The Golden Sufi Centre, 1997.
  • Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. Travelling the Path of Love: Sayings of Sufi Masters. The Golden Sufi Centre, 1995.
  • Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. In the Company of Friends. The Golden Sufi Centre, 1995.
  • Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. Sufism: The Transformation of the Heart. The Golden Sufi Centre, 1995.

Alchemy, Symbols, the Psyche

  • Burckhardt, Titus. Alchemy: science of the cosmos, science of the soul. London : Stuart & Watkins, 1967.
  • Edinger, Edward F. Anatomy of the Psyche: alchemical symbolism in psychotherapy. La Salle, Illinois: Open Court, 1985.
  • Franz, Marie-Louise von. Time : rhythm and repose. London : Thames and Hudson, 1978.
  • Franz, Marie-Louise von. Alchemy : an introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology. Inner City Books, 1980.
  • Franz, Marie-Louise von. Creation myths. London : Shambhala, 1995.
  • Franz, Marie-Louise von. Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche. London : Shambhala, 1999.
  • Gheerbrant, Alain and Jean Chevalier. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols. Penguin, 1996.
  • Ibn Umail, Muhammah with Marie-Louise von Franz. Corpus Alchemicum Arabicum: Book of the Explanation of the Symbols Kitab Hall Ar-Rumuz. Living Human Heritage Publications, 2007.
  • Jung, Carl Gustav. Psyche and symbol. Doubleday, 1958.
  • Jung, Carl Gustav. Man and his symbols. Dell, 1968.
  • Lings, Martin. Symbol and archetype : a study of the meaning of existence. Quinta Essentia, 1991.
  • Lundy, Miranda. Sacred Number: The secret qualities of quantities. Wooden Books, 2005.
  • Ogilvy, Guy. The Alchemist’s Kitchen. Wooden Books, 2006.
  • Ronnberg, Ami and Kathleen Martin. The book of symbols. Köln : Taschen, c2010.
  • Schimmel, AnneMarie.  The mystery of numbers. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn. Catching the Thread: Sufism, Dreamwork and Jungian Psychology. The Golden Sufi Centre, 1998.

Medieval Astronomy/Astrology/Cosmology

  • Akkach, Samer. Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas. State University of New York Press, 2005.
  • Burckhardt, Titus. Mystical astrology according to Ibn ‘Arabi. Beshara Publications, 1977.
  • Martineau, John. A little book of coincidences in the solar system. Wooden Books, 2001.

Dictionaries

  • Wehr, Hans. A dictionary of modern written Arabic. 4th revised edition, 1994