The Life Lessons of Tezhip

“You can express yourself with the Islamic arts, but it is not the essential goal. The essential goals are to mature our characters and get the Islamic message across to people.” (Lutfiye Depeler)

Turkish Tezhip Today: The Art of Fatma Özçay

“My real world is art, which shows my soul and feelings. Sometimes, I imagine the flowers in paradise and try to design them, which makes me as happy as if I had actually seen them. İf you want to know me, you just look at my artwork so that you see my feelings, dreams, belief and soul.” (Fatma Özçay)

The Ottoman Masterpiece in Sarajevo

Every metropolis has its landmark. Paris has the Eiffel Tower, London its Big Ben, the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s famous historical monument and New York is known for the Statue of Liberty. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has also something to be proud of – the Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman masterpiece. No visit to Sarajevo would be complete without seeing this Mosque and its surroundings.

Contemporary View of Islamic Art

"My work relies on classical Islamic calligraphy to the extent that I have been given an inspiration and intense need to move the boundaries, to get rid of the rigid, clear and precise rules of expression without underestimating or distorting the value of classical art." (Minela Asani-Omerovic)

18th Century Qur’an Transcribed by a Woman

The honourable work of transcribing the Qur’an has been done through centuries by men and women. One of the less known female scribes lived in the 18th century Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She signed herself as 'Amina, Mustafa Chelebi's daughter'. Transcribing the Qur'an is the ultimate project for every scribe and calligrapher. There is no doubt that Amina was a good scribe (katiba) and her manuscript has all the elements of the Ottoman classical Mushaf.