Kalila wa Dimna in Islamic Arts and Literature with Annie Vernay-Nouri and Aida El Khiari

In the 10th episode of the ART Informant, Isabelle Imbert welcomes Annie Vernay-Nouri, previously curator of Arabic manuscripts in the Bibliotheque nationale de France, and Aida El Khiari, doctoral student in the Sorbonne University, under supervision of Pr Eloise Brac de la Perriere, who unfortunately could not be present. Since 2012, they have been working on a major research project focused on illustrated Arabic copies of Kalila wa Dimna, a literary text born in India which had a huge impact from Asia to Europe. The project just concluded with a book, titled The Journeys of Kalila and Dimna: Fables in the Literature and Arts of the Islamic World. Together, they talked about the book, the definition of Arab painting, physical analysis, and the challenging experience of harmonising bibliographies.

Mentioned in the Episode and Further Links

Reproductions of Artworks discussed in the Episode (click on the images to see more information)