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From the Alhambra to the Taj Mahal, from the Dome of the Rock to the ever evolving art of calligraphy, Barbara Brend traces the development of classic Islamic art from the seventh through the twentieth century.

The term "Islamic art" suggests a unity of style and purpose, and these works are in fact instantly recognizable for their subtlety of line and sumptuous detail. The Islamic world--from Arabia to North Africa and Spain, from Turkey to Central Asia and India--has a shared cultural heritage of extraordinary richness. Yet it is a common tradition that divides into a diversity of styles. So Brend narrates this history region by region, illustrating her discussion with superb examples drawn from all areas in which Muslim artists and craftsmen have excelled--mosque and palace architecture; the art of the book (calligraphy, painting, and bindings); and the decorative arts, including metalwork, carvings, mosaics, pottery, textiles, and carpets. Throughout, the author elucidates forms, aesthetic principles, themes, and imagery. And she points to sources and influences in the different periods--for example, the prominence of jade and chinoiserie after the Mongol invasion. In Islamic Art Brend expertly guides us through the splendors and delicacies of this classic tradition.

Synopsis:

From the Taj Mahal, from the Dome of the Rock to the ever evolving art of calligraphy, Barbara Brend traces the development of classic Islamic art from the seventh through the twentieth century.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-234) and index.

Table of Contents

The Muslim Era

Note on Transliteration

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. THE LEGACY OF EMPIRES
Syria, Iraq and Iran under the caliphs

2. LANDS OF THE WEST
Egypt, North Africa and Spain

3. RENEWAL FROM THE EAST
The Seljuks enter Iran and Anatolia

4. THE RULE OF LORDS AND SLAVES
Zangids, Ayyubids and Mamluks

5. THE LAST EASTERN INVADERS
The Mongol and Timurid empires

6. FERVOUR, OPULENCE AND DECLINE
Iran under the Safavids and Qajars

7.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674468665
Author:
Brend, Barbara
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
Art, islamic
Subject:
Criticism - Middle Eastern
Subject:
Art, Islamic -- History.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Series Volume:
9364
Publication Date:
March 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
103 color illustrations, 60 halftones, 1
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 26 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Middle East
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
Religion » Islam » General

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