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Allan, James. "Early Safavid Metalwork." In Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501–1576, edited by Jon Thompson and Sheila R. Canby, pp. 203–40. New York: Skira with the Asia Society, 2003.

Blair, Sheila S. Islamic Calligraphy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Derman, M. Ugur. Letters in Gold: Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakıp Sabancı Collection, Istanbul. Exhibition catalogue. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998.

Ekhtiar, Maryam D., Priscilla P. Soucek, Sheila R. Canby, and Navina Najat Haidar, eds. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011 (cat. nos. 67, 49, 164, 206).

George, Alain. The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy. London: Saqi, 2010.

McWilliams, Mary, and David J. Roxburgh. Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.

Melikian-Chirvani, Assadullah Souren. Le chant du monde: L'Art de l'Iran safavide, 1501–1736. Exhibition catalogue. Paris: Somogy, 2007.

———. "Of Prayers and Poems on Safavid Bronzes." In Safavid Art and Architecture, edited by Sheila R. Canby, pp. 86–94. London: British Museum Press, 2002.

———. Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World, 8th–18th Centuries. Exhibition catalogue. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1982.

Roxburgh, David J. Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur'an. Exhibition catalogue. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.

Safadi, Yasin Hamid. Islamic Calligraphy. Boulder, Colo.: Shambhala, 1979.

Schimmel, Annemarie. Calligraphy and Islamic Culture. New York: New York University Press, 1984.

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