Oct 05, 2018

On the occassion of the Islamic History Month in Canada and Turkey’s OIC Summit Presidency, IRCICA (Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture) and the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Ottawa have the pleasure to host IRCICA Calligraphy Exhibition and the talk:

The Wandering Calligrapher & Architect Sinan's Epitaph: Isfahan, New York, Toledo, Mumbai, Istanbul.” by Prof. H. Masud Taj

Date: 13 October 2018

Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: Centrepointe Theatres Chamber Room 101 Centrepointe Drive

Note: This event is open to public.

IRCICA is an international institution active in the fields of research, publishing, documentation and information. Its mandate covers multifarious themes in the fields of the history of Muslim nations, history of arts and sciences in Islam, and other subject areas in Islamic culture and civilisation. By means of these activities, IRCICA aims at studying and better introducing the Islamic culture and civilisation throughout the world and acting as a catalyst for research and cooperation in these areas to promote mutual understanding between Muslims and with other nations and cultures of the world. IRCICA started its activities in 1980 as the first subsidiary organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) concerned with culture. The headquarters of IRCICA is located in the three buildings named Seyir Pavilion, Cit Qasr and Yaveran Building in the historical Yıldız Palace in Beşiktaş, Istanbul. These buildings were allocated to the Centre by the Government of the Republic of Turkey.

Prof. H Masud Taj is adjunct professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University and recipient of the Capital Educators’ Award (an award that recognizes excellent teaching in Ottawa) and the CUSA Teaching Excellence Award. Prof. Taj is also a talented and worldly lecturer, sharing his knowledge and passion for architecture. In 2015, he toured throughout Istanbul and India giving a series of lectures on Mimar Sinan, one of foremost architects of the Ottoman Empire, which led to Mimar Sinan being taught in Mumbai. He is a calligrapher of the Italic hand, as well as polyhedral Arabic; a poet whose work has been inducted into the Library of Parliament in Canada and an architect licensed in India.