Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean

The Islamic world's artistic traditions experienced profound transformation in the 19th century as rapidly developing technologies and globalizing markets ushered in drastic changes in technique, style, and content.

Despite the importance and ingenuity of these developments, the 19th century remains a gap in the history of Islamic art. To fill this opening in art historical scholarship, Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean charts transformations in image-making, architecture, and craft production in the Islamic world from Fez to Istanbul. Contributors focus on the shifting methods of production, reproduction, circulation, and exchange artists faced as they worked in fields such as photography, weaving, design, metalwork, ceramics, and even transportation.

Covering a range of media and a wide geographical spread, Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean reveals how 19th-century artists in the Middle East and North Africa reckoned with new tools, materials, and tastes from local perspectives.

Published by Indiana University Press.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean, by Margaret S. Graves and Alex Dika Seggerman

Part I: Picturing Knowledge
1. Well-Worn Fashions: Repetition and Authenticity in Late Ottoman Costume Books, by Ünver Rüstem
2. Osman Hamdi and the Long Duration of History, by Gülru Çakmak
3. Picturing Knowledge: Visual Literacy in Nineteenth-Century Arabic Periodicals, by Hala Auji
4. The Muybridge Albums in Istanbul: Photography as Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire, by Emily Neumeier

Part II: Conceptualizing Craft
5. The Double Bind of Craft Fidelity: Moroccan Ceramics on the Eve of the French Protectorate, by Margaret S. Graves
6. The Manual Crafts and the Challenge of Modernity in Late Nineteenth-Century Damascus, by Marcus Milwright
7. The Turn to Tapestry: Islamic Textiles and Women Artists in Tunis, by Jessica Gerschultz

Part III: Aesthetics of Infrastructure
8. Alabaster and Albumen: Photographs of the Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Making of a Modern Icon, by Alex Dika Seggerman
9. Tents and Trains: Mobilizing Modernity in the Late Ottoman Empire, by Ashley Dimmig
10. Precious Metal: The I-Beam in the Late Ottoman Empire, by Peter Christensen
11. November 1869: The Suez Canal Inauguration, by David J. Roxburgh


282 Pages, 145 color illus., available in paperback, eBook, and hardcover.

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Margaret S. Graves
Department of Art History, Indiana University

Alex Dika Seggerman
Department of Arts, Culture and Media, Rutgers University-Newark