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Arts and Culture in the Early Islamic World

Arts and Culture in the Early Islamic World

by Lizann Flatt

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Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
This entry in the "Life in the Early Islamic World" series examines how Islamic design, craft, and art developed in Islamic societies, as well as how they influenced or spread to other cultures. Stylistic elements such as vegetal decoration, arabesque, tessellation, calligraphy, and miniatures are explained and depicted in the illustrations. The book explores the influence of Islam on artistic decisions, and looks at those aspects of art which are unique to the religion, such as mosque architecture and calligraphy of Quranic verses. The influence of religion, culture, and art in society is demonstrated through the styles of dress, guild structure of artisans, establishment of architectural codes, and the place of music and poetry. Flatt's narrative is recounted in language that a middle school student can understand and appreciate. The book is nicely designed with Islamic motifs and pictorial examples of historic artifacts that illustrate particular points. This book is a wonderful means of introducing students to the significance of Islamic art and craftwork throughout history. Backmatter includes short biographies, timelines, glossaries, and resources for learning extension. This series nicely fits into a school that is readjusting to the Common Core Standards' emphasis on reading nonfiction. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg

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Crabtree Publishing Company
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7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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