Arts & Architecture  /  Middle Eastern & Islamic Art
Middle Eastern Encounters Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 571
ISBN: 9781463241933
Pub Date: 28 Jun 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Islamic History and Thought
This book focuses on interactions between the Islamic world and other regions from the late eighth to the twenty-first centuries. Some chapters consider the complex relationship between Islam and the cultures of Late Antiquity in the Middle East and Mediterranean basin. The reprinted chapters in this volume have been revised and updated.
Iranian Copper, Brass and Bronze Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9781898592372
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2020
Imprint: Azimuth Editions
Illustrations: 477
In Western Europe the Golden Age of Islamic metalwork in Iran was (and is) generally considered to be the earlier period, and later metalwork was collected almost by accident and has been correspondingly little studied and poorly published, though in recent decades the imbalance has been somewhat modified. The Hermitage Collection, which numbers 162 pieces is the largest collection in the world of later Iranian Islamic metalwork, from the West of Iran as far as the Punjab. The great majority of these are household utensils, and their manufacture is characteristic of the middling levels of urban societies, though in Khurasan in the late-15th and early 16th centuries brasses or bronzes inlaid with gold and silver were made for its Timurid rulers.
The Rhythm of the Pen and the Art of the Book: Islamic Calligraphy from the 13th to the 19th Century Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9781911300342
Pub Date: 13 Oct 2017
Imprint: Sam Fogg
The works of art carefully selected for this catalogue, which accompanies an exhibition at the prestigious Sam Fogg gallery in London, follow the impact of the introduction of paper into the Islamic world and its effect on both the quality and the scope of the calligraphicart form. Paper – rather than parchment – allowed for inscriptions to be penned on a massive scale, and one of the highlights here is a monumental half line from the so-called ‘Baysunghur’ Qur’an, which was probably the largest Qur’an manuscript commissioned byan imperial court. The transition to paper also witnessed the codifi cation of the ‘six pens’ or six recognized cursive scripts, which still hold.
Decorative Textiles from Arab and Islamic Cultures Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781907372872
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2016
Illustrations: 140 colour illus.
One of the most distinctive features of Islamic design is the evolution of an increasingly abstract and repetitive repertoire of motifs, which are shared among all media – metalwork, woodwork, ceramics, tilework and textiles. In textiles the main themes are based on angular and geometric shapes – vertical and horizontal striped bands; hexagons and octagons, which can be linked and infinitely extended; stylized and rhythmic scrolls of foliage and flowers; and Arabic calligraphy, of which the letters can be formed into continuous borders, panels and medallions. These motifs can be used separately or combined into complex patterns, of which the repetitive and two-dimensional features are ideal for textile production, especially where varying lengths are required – for hangings, curtains, robes and shawls.
The Hajj Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780861591930
Pub Date: 06 Dec 2013
Series: British Museum Research Publications
Following on the British Museum’s critically acclaimed exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam, this volume provides over thirty papers on the history and significance of the Hajj, spanning history, politics, archaeology, pilgrims’ journeys, art, architecture, photography and material culture. This is a major multi-disciplinary study and a key reference work for anyone with an academic or personal interest in the Hajj.
Pages Of The Qur'An Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 132
ISBN: 9780955339356
Pub Date: 17 Jan 2013
Imprint: Sam Fogg
The Lygo Collection of Qur’an manuscripts, which date from around a century after the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 CE to the middle of the 16th century, includes pages from some of the most celebrated manuscripts of the period as well as lesser-known ones, and provide a comprehensive overview of stylistic developments in Qur’anic calligraphy and illumination. During the period represented by this outstanding collection, the scriptsand formats used for copying and illuminating the Holy Word multiplied and developed – visual testimony to the extraordinary exchange of ideas that took place under the ’Abbasid dynasty, which stretched at its height from the Atlantic to the borders of China. The consistent esteem in which the art of the calligrapher was held across the Islamic world reflected the status of the Qur’an as the unmediated word of Allah and its centrality to the notions of Islamic culture and identity.
Geometry In Gold Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9780954901424
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2005
Imprint: Sam Fogg
This book is devoted to a monumental and superbly illuminated very large early fourteenth-century Mamluk Qur'an in muhaqqaq script. It constitutes the final part (Juz' 30) of a superb two-volume Qur'an of which the first volume is preserved in the National Museum in Damascus while the second volume, from which the present section originates, is widely dispersed. Remarkably, here the final part of the Qur'an is reunited with its magnificent and richly decorated double finispieces, thus reassembling what must have been among the most striking and lavishly illuminated sections of the entire manuscript.
Islamic Remains in Bahrain Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 207
ISBN: 9788788415100
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2001
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
The initial aim of the Danish archaeological campaigns in Bahrain was to look for settlements contemporary with the "Hundred Thousand Gravemounds". After the first few campaigns it was evident, however, that the island was such a rich archaeological field that investigation of all periods from the earliest flint-using culture to the later Islamic world was called for. Among the Islamic remains was an exceptionally fine collection of Early Islamic pottery and glass recovered from the rubbish which filled up a well at the Barbar site where a temple from around 2000BC was excavated.
Hama 4, Part 1 -- The Medieval Citadel & Its Architecture Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 127
ISBN: 9788789438030
Pub Date: 30 Nov 1998
Series: Nationalmuseets Skrifter, Større Beretninger
Illustrations: b/w photos & plans
Two-Volume Set. This is the last volume in the series of reports from the Danish excavations on the ancient Tall of the important Syrian site and town of Hama. It presents the medieval architecture of the mound from the Arab conquest in 636 to 1401 when the citadel of Hama was destroyed by Timur Lenk.