submitted by Navina Haidar
The Department of Islamic Art at The Met mourns the loss of our respected colleague Dr. Abdullah Ghouchani, who recently passed away in Iran.
Dr. Ghouchani had a long association with the Department of Islamic Art where he was involved in many important museum projects as an epigrapher, author, scholar and researcher. His understanding of texts in Persian and Arabic, as well as his vast knowledge of literary material made him an invaluable resource. He was an important link between our department and Iran, allowing us to keep scholarly conversations and exchanges going between our worlds. Dr. Ghouchani worked on many forms of artistic media - coins, manuscripts, ceramics, metalwork, arms and textiles. Anything with an inscription on it was a challenge that he welcomed.
The Department of Islamic Art will miss him tremendously, as will generations of students, fellows, scholars and others who have passed through over the years and benefited from his knowledge. He will live on in his many contributions, books, articles and in the memories of the precious times we shared.