Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Oxford Exhibitions - Al Mizan

On Wednesday evening I attended the reception to mark the opening of Al-Mizan: Sciences and Arts in the Islamic World at the Museum of the History of Science here in Oxford. Al-Mizan means balance and is the Arabic name for the zodaic sign Libra.

The exhibition, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Oxford Institute for Islamic Studies, has a website here.

The display explores the balance achieved between science and art in historic Islamic culture, and is not only informative, but a visual delight.

The exhibition is on until March 20th 2011, and the Museum is open 12-5 Tuesday to Friday, 10-5 on Saturdays and 2-5 on Sundays. Admission is free.

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