Arts of the City Victorious: Islamic Art and Architecture in Fatimid North Africa and Egypt / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first book-length study of the art and architecture of the Fatimids, the Ismaili Shi'i dynasty that ruled in North Africa and Egypt from 909 to 1171. The Fatimids are most famous for founding the city of al-Qahira (Cairo) in 969, and their art—particularly textiles and luster ceramics, but also metalwork and carved rock-crystal, ivory and woodwork—has been admired for nearly a millennium. In this engaging and accessible book, Jonathan M. Bloom concentrates on securely dated and localized examples of Fatimid art and architecture. His discussions focus on significant examples and are illustrated with over 100 photographs, many in color, and extensive notes and bibliography provide guidance for further reading and research.

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Editorial Reviews

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The study of Islamic art, particularly that from Egypt, is as changing as the desert sands. Just when we think we know the facts, a new discovery clarifies our understanding. Here, Bloom (Islamic & Asian art, Boston Coll.; Paper Before Print) provides the latest take on Cairo's incarnation and the development of Fatimid art and architecture in that city. Fatimids are Shi'is best known for founding the city of al-Qahira, present-day Cairo. The development of the arts in Cairo was tied to the city's military conquests and plans for expansion, and although the decorative arts flourished there, perhaps the biggest influence for future generations was in architecture. Chapters are divided into time periods ranging from 909 to 1060 C.E. and are illustrated with more than 100 mostly color photographs. Drawing largely on the work of historian Ali al-Maqrizi, one of the best sources despite having lived three centuries after the fact, Bloom provides careful research and notes new findings, such as those relating to whether Egyptians relied on techniques for stonework that were already known to them or whether the skills were imported from Syria. Recommended for academic libraries and libraries specializing in Islamic arts, art history, and Middle Eastern studies.
—Nadine Dalton Speidel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300135428
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


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.
 
 
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