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Aslıhan Erkmen

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Aslıhan Erkmen, “Hilye,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 5 December 2023.

Aslıhan Erkmen (Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University) is Associate Professor of Art History at Istanbul Technical University, where she also serves as Art History Program Coordinator. Her main research interests include Islamic book arts, illustrated manuscripts, traditional arts and crafts, and intangible cultural heritage. With Şebnem Tamcan Parladır, she recently co-edited Zeren Tanındı Festschrift: Art and Culture of Books in the Islamic World (2022). Her scholarly output includes publications in both English and Turkish languages, as well as participation in EU-funded projects. Moreover, as a board member of Turkey’s Traditional Arts Association (TAA), she also practices the traditional arts of marbled paper and paper filigree.