Treasures of Islam multimedia CD-ROM
Some of the world's most beautiful and rare works of art and design that appear in Islamic manuscripts are now available on a unique trilingual CD-ROM.
February 2, 2000
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
McGill University Faculty Club Lounge
3450 McTavish Street, Montreal
Media: RSVP to Joe Zackon
Some of the worlds most beautiful and rare works of art and design that appear in Islamic manuscripts are the subject of a unique trilingual CD-ROM, "The Treasures of Islam, Art and Design in Islamic Manuscripts," to be launched formally this week by McGill University. The colourful CD, which can be glimpsed on the web site of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, includes examples of calligraphy, miniature paintings, lacquer bindings and Arab manuscripts (prayer books, poems and a manuscript about calligraphy). The original material, which belongs to the University under the curatorship of the Division of Rare Books and Special Collections in the McGill Libraries, ranges from the ninth century to the 20th century. Thanks to the commitment and dedication of McGill researchers Jamshid Beheshti, Andrew Large and doctoral student Haidar Moukdad, the Treasures of Islam CD unlocks these unique items and offers them to the world for further study and delight.
"While especially useful to scholars, students and art collectors, the CD will also appeal to anyone else with an interest in Islamic culture and the tradition of Islamic art," says Dr Beheshti, head of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. "This project is a fine example of how universities can use new technologies to share our valuable resources with people around the world."
The timing of the launch coincides with McGill International Days, a conference focusing on McGills international projects, taking place February 2-3 during International Development Week at the University.
The CD-ROM is available from McGill Systems Inc. (514-398-4477), a subsidiary of McGill University which was created in 1989 to develop, market and support software for an international clientele.