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Bookmaking in the Islamic Style: Preparing the Textblock

Naila al-Zarqa'

University Session UA104 June 13, 2020 Course # 301
Time 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 9/249 Room Argent
Course Category Scribal Arts

Have you ever wondered how books were made? Ever fancy trying it for yourself? Come unlock the secrets of bookmaking in the medieval Islamic style. Medieval Islamic bookbinding differs than European bookbinding of the same period. The fore-edge and envelope flaps are the most noticeable difference from other binding styles, but the most major variations are in the structure of the binding. Islamic bookbinding is very easy to learn (as bookbinding goes) and no previous skill or knowledge is required. This is the first class in a 3 class series on making a book in the Islamic style. These classes are intended as demonstrations of the steps necessary and not a follow-along workshop due to glue-drying time. This class covers the preparation of the textblock from cutting and folding the paper through gluing the spine. The second class covers sewing the endbands. The third class finishes the book. Class will be hosted on Google Meet (appears to require a google account). It will be recorded and may be posted to YouTube (or otherwise made available) for those who were unable to attend or wish to review the material.

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