From a Maghribi Qur'an, Eastern Kufic style, Iraq/Persia. Focused on calligraphy and the illumination of the Holy Qur'an is Martin Lings' Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination (Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., 1987). This widely acclaimed book delves into the history, details, and remarkable diversity of Qur'anic calligraphy while also revealing the inner spiritual life and power of this high art.
Besides the work of Burckhardt on Islamic art mentioned previously, there are several other books that are essential reading for those interested in the sacred arts of Islam:
Islamic Art and Spirituality (SUNY Press, 1987) by Seyyed Hossein Nasr is perhaps more comprehensive than the books by Burckhardt or Lings, treating equally the plastic arts, literature, and music in Islam, with particular attention given to these traditional arts in their Persian manifestations. As with the other books, this book is both a lesson in art history and an unfolding of the inner spiritual realities behind Islamic and, indeed, all sacred art.