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Islamic Arts : A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the      essence of Islamic culture. - Jonathan M. Bloom

Islamic Arts

A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

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A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

Islamic Arts, a comprehensive survey covering a thousand years, highlights those characteristics that connect the various arts of the Islamic lands without minimising the differences.

The book is divided into three time periods - 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800 - and each section analyses architecture, the arts of the book, decorative and applied arts. Islamic Arts brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

'Will revive the wanderlust, even of those who have "been everywhere, seen everything".' (New York Times Book Review) 'This is a wonderful new contribution, it reflects current scholarship in a easy to read way and demystifies Islamic art.' (Catherine Asher, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota) 'Islamic Arts is a visual as well as an intellectual treat, a successful collaboration of the best contemporary authors and the best contemporary design.' (Walter B Denny, Department of Art History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst) 'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London) 'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

Introductionp. 5
The Rise of Islam 600-900 ADp. 13
Mosques, Mansions and Mosaics: The Arts of Buildingp. 21
Pens and Parchment: The Koran and Early Writingp. 57
The Draped Universe: The Arts of the Loomp. 79
Pots, Pans and Pitchers: The Decorative Artsp. 99
Regional Centres and Local Powers 900-1500 ADp. 129
Madrasas and Muqarnas: The Arts of Buildingp. 139
Penmen and Painters: The Arts of the Bookp. 191
Warps, Wafts and Pile: The Arts of the Loomp. 221
Colours and Figures: The Decorative Artsp. 247
The Great Empires 1500-1800 ADp. 285
Capitals and Complexes: The Arts of Buildingp. 293
From Manuscript to Page: The Arts of the Bookp. 329
Velvets and Carpets: The Arts of the Loomp. 361
Bedecked and Bejewelled: The Decorative Artsp. 389
Epiloguep. 415
Glossaryp. 424
Major Dynastiesp. 426
Key Datesp. 428
Further Readingp. 434
Indexp. 440
Acknowledgementsp. 446
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ISBN: 9780714831763
ISBN-10: 071483176X
Series: Art & Ideas
Audience: General
For Grades: 8 - 17
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 30th April 1997
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 16.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.88
Edition Number: 1