Islamic arts

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Phaidon Press, 1997 - Art - 447 pages
In the 1000 years following the revelations to the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca in the early seventh century AD, artists the Taj Mahal, from illuminated copies of the Koran to exquisite decorative arts: ceramics, textiles and metalwork. Although executed in different countries and across a vast time span, there are, nonetheless, common features in this creative flowering that justify the term 'Islamic art'. In this comprehensive survey, the authors highlight those characteristics that connect the various arts of all the Islamic lands, without minimizing the differences. Dividing the time into three periods: 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800, they set the artistic development in each era within its historical context and use art as a window into Islamic culture. Written in a lively and accessible style, and illustrated throughout with photographs, maps and plans, the book brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture as expressed in its buildings, books and applied arts, and provides an essential introduction to the subject for both the student and the general reader.

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This beautifully illustrated volume examines various aspects of Islamic art, some of which are rarely discussed. Under "The Rise of Islam," Bloom and Blair (coauthors of The Art and Architecture of ... Read full review


Mosques Mansions and Mosaics The Arts of Building 21
Pens and Parchment The Koran and Early Writing 57

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Jonathan Bloom shares both the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College and the Chair of Islamic Art at the Virginia Commonwealth University with his wife, Sheila Blair. He is the author of the award-winning book," Paper Before Print," as well as co-author of "Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power" and "The Art and Architecture of Islam," "published by Yale University Press.

Sheila S. Blair is the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. She is the world's leading expert on Islamic calligraphy.

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