Conservation of Islamic Art & Culture

Crescent Foundation has partnered with the Islamic Museum of Australia (in Victoria). The Islamic Museum of Australia provides educational and cross-cultural experiences and showcase the artistic and cultural heritage of Muslims in Australia and in Muslim societies abroad. It also aims to foster community harmony and facilitate an understanding of the values and contributions of Muslims to Australian society.

As further commitment to preserving Islamic art, history and culture the Crescent Foundation has partnered with the University of Melbourne Grimwade Centre to preserve significant manuscripts dating to the 13th Century.

These manuscripts include Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) and Hadith by ‘Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad ibn, as well as the famous 13th century Persian poet, Ahmad Ali transcribed the text in 1036 H.A (1836) for Charles Marriot Caldecott.

In 1995, the Australian Research Centre funding awarded to the University’s Conservation Centre, in partnership with the School of Physics, to undertake scientific analysis of specific manuscripts in the collection. This enabled Raman analysis of the most beautifully illustrated text. Specific pigments were analysed and translations of treatises on pigment and ink production were examined to determine the materials used to illustrate the pages.

The manuscripts are internationally significant. In 2007 scholars from around the world took part in the Symposium on the Care and Conservation of Middle Eastern Manuscripts at the University of Melbourne. Expert visiting scholars have come to investigate the materials and techniques and the writings of which the manuscripts are compromised. Currently four PhD students at the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation are working on John Bowman’s collection. Their work is showcased here.

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