The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800

Author: Sheila Blair,Jonathan M. Bloom

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300064650

Category: Architecture

Page: 348

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Many masterpieces of Islamic art, such as the Alhambra and the Taj Mahal, were produced during the period between the early 13th century and the advent of European colonial rule in the 19th. This work surveys the architecture and arts of the traditional Islamic lands during this era.

Islamic arts

Author: Jonathan M. Bloom,Sheila Blair

Publisher: Phaidon Inc Ltd


Category: Art

Page: 447

View: 7038


Traces the development of Islamic art during three broad periods, and show how they reflect various aspects of Islamic culture


Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen

Author: Sheila Blair,Jonathan M. Bloom,Kjeld von Folsach

Publisher: Boston College Museum of Art

ISBN: 9781892850119

Category: Art

Page: 216

View: 382


Issued in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name held at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2006, and at the Alfred and David Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Feb. 1-May 20, 2007.

Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250

Author: Richard Ettinghausen,Oleg Grabar,Marilyn Jenkins

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300088694

Category: Architecture

Page: 344

View: 8803


This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar’s original text, this book has been completely rewritten and updated to take into account recent information and methodological advances.

Arts of the City Victorious

Islamic Art and Architecture in Fatimid North Africa and Egypt

Author: Jonathan M. Bloom

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture

Page: 236

View: 5418


"Fatimid art and architecture has always been somewhat anomalous in the history of islamic art because of the direction it grew (west to east), subject matter (figural at a time when geometry and the arabesque were developing elsewhere), and unusually rich and precise documentation in royal and popular accounts. Whereas earlier studies treated the two and a half centuries of Fatimid art and architecture as a single category, this book is the first to show how they grew and evolved over time."--BOOK JACKET.

Islamic Inscriptions

Author: Sheila S. Blair

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814713280

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 5044


The first object created by God, according to early Muslim commentators, was the pen, which he used to chronicle events to come. The word, in its various manifestations, is central to the Islamic faith. Surely a reflection of this centrality, profuse inscriptions mark countless Islamic objects, from the humblest oil lamps and unglazed ceramics to the finest and most expensive rock crystals and jades. The inscriptions serve numerous functions: decorating, proclaiming ownership and patronage, proffering good wishes and proverbs, and spreading religious texts throughout the world. Aside from their aesthetic worth, these inscriptions provide a fascinating window onto a distant culture. In Islamic Inscriptions, Sheila S. Blair a wealth of stunning images and incisive commentary, while also providing the newcomer to Islamic civilization with a key to unlocking the mysteries of Islamic epigraphy. In addition to chapters devoted to the main types of inscription, detailing the development of their content and style, inscriptive techniques, and the motivations behind them, the book provides practical knowledge on finding, identifying, interpreting, researching, and recording inscriptions. The variety and clarity of information presented makes Islamic Inscriptions an ideal reference for historians, curators, archaeologists, and collectors.

Islamic Art and Architecture

Author: Henri Stierlin,Anne Stierlin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500511008

Category: Architecture

Page: 319

View: 9390


More than five hundred full-color illustrations and reproductions capture a panoramic array of Islamic art and architecture in a study that examines the sources, forms, themes, and symbolism of Islamic artistry, as exemplified in mosques, palaces, landscape architecture, caligraphy, miniature painting, tapestries and textiles, and other artforms.

The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Orient

Author: Henri Frankfort

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300064704

Category: Art

Page: 483

View: 9450


Traces the development of Mesopotamian art from Sumerian times to the late Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian periods. This text also covers the art and architecture of Asia Minor and the Hittites, of the Levant in the second millennium BC, of the Aramaeans and Phoenicians in Syria, and of Ancient Persia.

The Art and Architecture of Islam, 650-1250

Author: Richard Ettinghausen,Oleg Grabar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300053302

Category: Architecture

Page: 448

View: 4584


Surveys the significant artistic and architectural works of Islamic countries from the seventh through the thirteenth centuries

Islamic Art and Visual Culture

An Anthology of Sources

Author: D. Fairchild Ruggles

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405154012

Category: Art

Page: 186

View: 9151


Islamic Art and Architecture is a collection of primary sources in translation that serve as evidence for visual and cultural history. Collects essential translations from sources as diverse as the Qur'an, court chronicles, technical treatises on calligraphy and painting, imperial memoirs, and foreign travel accounts Includes clear and concise introductory essays Situates each text and explains the circumstances in which it was written--the date, place, author, and political conditions Provides a vivid window into Islamic...

Islamic Architecture

Form, Function, and Meaning

Author: Robert Hillenbrand

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231101332

Category: Architecture

Page: 645

View: 2421


This beautifully conceived and produced survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and ground plans -- among which are hundreds of newly executed three-dimensional drawings that provide an accurate and vivid depiction of the structure -- are presented with an emphasis on the way the specific details of the building fulfilled their function. Included are chapters on religious and secular architecture and the architecture of tombs. Each building is discussed in terms of function, the links between particular forms and specific uses, the role of special types of buildings in the Islamic order, and the expressions of different sociocultural groups in architectural terms. Here the student or historian of Islamic architecture will find an astonishing resource, including Maghribi palaces, Anatolian madrasas, Indian minarets, Fatimid mausolea, and Safavid mosques, each rendered in lavish illustrations and explained with incomparable precision.

Oil and Water

Two Faiths : One God

Author: Amir Hussain

Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1896836828

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 3538


Listen to any news broadcast today and the message comes through loud and clear: Islam is a religion of violence and behind every Muslim there lurks a potential terrorist. Islam is a threat to values of the Christian West. They are like oil and water. Clearly, they don't mix. Oil & Water: Two Faiths One God confronts these popular perceptions head-on. With keen insight and gentle understanding, it explores the differences between Christianity and Islam, as well as the many things these two enduring faith traditions hold in common - including, first and foremost, their belief in and desire to be faithful to the one, true God; their shared roots and scripture (from the Jewish faith); and the spiritual values of peace and social justice. Written for Christians by Muslim world-religions scholar Amir Hussain, the book is divided into two parts. Part 1, provides an overview of the Islamic faith and of the lives of Muslims in North America today. Chapters focus on the place and identity of Muslims in society, as well as on the importance and role of Muhammad, the Qur'an, and basic beliefs and practices (The Five Pillars of Islam). Having provided a foundation for understanding, the book moves on, in Part 2, to explore key points for dialogue today, including issues of violence and jihad, the roles of women and men, and the mystical tradition within Islam. The final two chapters look at interfaith dialogue and the practical aspects of being good "neighbours." In all of this, the book invites the reader to a place of reconciliation, to a place where the truth and value of each of these great faith traditions can be recognized and honoured by the other. In the end, the metaphor of oil and water is an interesting one for the reality of conflict and the hope for reconciliation between Islam and Christianity today.

Islamic Art in Context

Art, Architecture, and the Literary World

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Art, Islamic

Page: 272

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Numerous color and b&w illustrations enhance this survey of Muslim art produced from approximately the fifth century AD to the end of the 17th century. Adopting a thematic rather than a chronological approach, the author places art, architecture, and literature within the context of faith, tradition


A Thousand Years of Faith and Power

Author: Bloom Jonathan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300127577

Category: HISTORY

Page: 304

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In its first thousand years - from the revelations given to Muhammad in the 7th century to the great Islamic empires of the 16th - Islamic civilization flourished. While Europeans suffered through the Dark Ages, Muslims in such cities as Jerusalem, Damascus, Alexandria, Fez, Tunis, Cairo and Baghdad made remarkable advances in philosophy, science, medicine, literature and art. This work explores the first millennium of Islamic culture, seeking to shatter stereotypes and enlighten readers about the events and achievements that have shaped contemporary Islamic civilization. Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair examine the rise of Islam, the life of Muhammad, and the Islamic principles of faith. They describe the golden age of the Abbasids, the Mongol invasions, and the great Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires that emerged in their wake. Their narrative, complemented by excerpts of the Koran, poetry, biographies, inscriptions, travel guides, and a 13th-century recipe, concludes with a brief epilogue that takes us into the 20th century.

God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty

The Object in Islamic Art and Culture

Author: Sheila Blair,Jonathan M. Bloom

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780300196665

Category: Art

Page: 389

View: 8781


The Islamic world, spanning centuries and far-flung regions, is renowned for its diverse cultural and artistic traditions. This sumptuous book delves into that vast creative output, examining a dozen exquisite objects in the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, designed by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei and opened in 2008. Twelve prominent scholars from across the globe select works representing various centers of Islamic life, from early Spain to 17th-century India, as well as a range of media including textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and miniature paintings. Authoritative texts put the objects into context, exploring the relationships to those people who produced and lived among them. In addition, architectural critic Paul Goldberger discusses the museum, assessing its place in Pei's career and in the broader scope of Islamic architecture, while Oliver Watson, the museum's former director, sheds light on the installation of works throughout the building.

A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture

Author: Finbarr Barry Flood,Gulru Necipoglu

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119068576

Category: Art

Page: 1448

View: 5984


The two-volume Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture bridges the gap between monograph and survey text by providing a new level of access and interpretation to Islamic art. The more than 50 newly commissioned essays revisit canonical topics, and include original approaches and scholarship on neglected aspects of the field. This two-volume Companion showcases more than 50 specially commissioned essays and an introduction that survey Islamic art and architecture in all its traditional grandeur Essays are organized according to a new chronological-geographical paradigm that remaps the unprecedented expansion of the field and reflects the nuances of major artistic and political developments during the 1400-year span The Companion represents recent developments in the field, and encourages future horizons by commissioning innovative essays that provide fresh perspectives on canonical subjects, such as early Islamic art, sacred spaces, palaces, urbanism, ornament, arts of the book, and the portable arts while introducing others that have been previously neglected, including unexplored geographies and periods, transregional connectivities, talismans and magic, consumption and networks of portability, museums and collecting, and contemporary art worlds; the essays entail strong comparative and historiographic dimensions The volumes are accompanied by a map, and each subsection is preceded by a brief outline of the main cultural and historical developments during the period in question The volumes include periods and regions typically excluded from survey books including modern and contemporary art-architecture; China, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sicily, the New World (Americas)