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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 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 Islam, 1250-1800, LJ 1/95) write about the important Umayyad and Abbasid buildings, weaving, and "pots, pans, and pitchers." They recognize the overwhelming importance of calligraphy in Islamic art and devote a chapter to it in each of the major sections, which are organized historically. The major centers and local dynasties are also covered, albeit sometimes briefly. In a book that attempts coverage of a long period of time and a wide geographic area, it is delightful to find in-depth discussions of important issues and some refreshingly original insights. The maps, dynastic charts, and key-dates section will be important aids to the nonspecialist. Clearly written to carry the reader along at a fast pace, this volume is one of the best and most comprehensive books on the subject. Highly recommended.Martin Chasin, Adult Inst. Bridgeport, Ct.
Survey's Islamic art in its myriad cultural and regional variation during the first twelve centuries after the revelations of The Prophet. Without minimizing the differences, focuses on the temporal and geographical continuity of certain characteristics. Considers buildings, books, and applied arts. Highly illustrated, mostly with color photographs but also with maps and building plans. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714831763
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Art and Ideas Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 277,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
The Rise of Islam 600-900 AD 13
1 Mosques, Mansions and Mosaics: The Arts of Building 21
2 Pens and Parchment: The Koran and Early Writing 57
3 The Draped Universe: The Arts of the Loom 79
4 Pots, Pans and Pitchers: The Decorative Arts 99
Regional Centres and Local Powers 900-1500 AD 129
5 Madrasas and Muqarnas: The Arts of Building 139
6 Penmen and Painters: The Arts of the Book 191
7 Warps, Wafts and Pile: The Arts of the Loom 221
8 Colours and Figures: The Decorative Arts 247
The Great Empires 1500-1800 AD 285
9 Capitals and Complexes: The Arts of Building 293
10 From Manuscript to Page: The Arts of the Book 329
11 Velvets and Carpets: The Arts of the Loom 361
12 Bedecked and Bejewelled: The Decorative Arts 389
Epilogue 415
Glossary 424
Major Dynasties 426
Key Dates 428
Further Reading 434
Index 440
Acknowledgements 446
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