2004 Hardcover New 0810965623. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--144 pages, 170 color illus., appendix, bibliog., 4to. Description: "The arts of Islam, a great
and ancient culture, are presented here in all their astonishing richness and diversity. From the Middle East came the earliest astrological clocks, the finest ceramics and lusterware, the development of calligraphy and Arabic scripts, and the intricate craft of carpet-weaving, among many other profoundly significant cultural developments. This cradle of empires was also a vibrant commercial center, exporting raw materials, skills, and techniques to surrounding lands and spreading its web of influence from southern Spain to northern India. "
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