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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Flax can be grown in many places, but large quantities of fresh water are
required to transform the raw flax into linen fibre. ln Egypt and Mesopotamia,
where the great rivers provided such water, linen was produced from prehistoric
This group of six ewers was conventionally attributed to mid-eighth-century Egypt
, because this ewer was discovered in Egypt only 600 m [h mile) from the
reported burial site of the last Umayyad caliph Marwan ll (r.744-50). This story is
The earliest Persian manuscript to survive dates only from the twelfth century.
Elsewhere in the lslamic lands potters expanded on traditional techniques in
different ways, as in an earthenware bowl from eleventh-century Egypt showing
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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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