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All over the Muslim world, across centuries, the traditional wooden bookstand that is used to support the Quran (rahel), continues to be made in the same way. Why is it made that way?What does it mean?The lecture will bridge the bookstand and the book as it journeys (rihlata) the global, the urban, and the architectural to the reciprocal joinery (rahel) held in the hand while braiding the triple pursuits of the speaker: architecture poetry and calligraphy. Architect-Poet-Calligrapher H. Masud Taj is an award-winning Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carleton University. His research on the portable Qur’an stand, with its characteristic joinery, has taken him to Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, India and Egypt (where he was mentored by the visionary Islamic architect Hassan Fathy). In New York he worked on text concealed in a 700-year-old bookstand displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that had remained uncatalogued. EVENT STARTS WITH DINNER. Please purchase your ticket which includes dinner!
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