Resources & Publications

  • Book

    Mohamad Reza Ghiasian, Lives of the Prophets: The Illustrations to Hafiz-i Abru's "Assembly of Chronicles

    In Lives of the Prophets: The Illustrations to Hafiz-i Abru's "Assembly of Chronicles" Mohamad Reza Ghiasian analyses two extant copies of the Majmaʿ al-tawarikh produced for the Timurid ruler Shahrukh (r. 1405–1447). The first manuscript is kept in Topkapı Palace and the second is widely dispersed. Codicological analysis of these manuscripts not only allows a better understanding of Hafiz-i Abru's contributions to rewriting earlier history, but has served to identify the existence of a previously unrecognised copy of the Jamiʿ al-tawarikh produced at Rashid al-Din's scriptorium. Through a meticulous close reading of both text and image, Mohamad Reza Ghiasian convincingly proves that numerous paintings of the dispersed manuscript were painted over the text before its dispersal in the early twentieth century.

    Publisher: BRILL 
    Series: Studies in Persian Cultural History, Volume: 16
    Extent: xvi + 344 pp. 
    ISBN: 978-90-04-37722-6

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    David C. Thomas, The Ebb and Flow of the Ghurid Empire

    The iconic minaret of Jam stands in a remote mountain valley in central Afghanistan, the finest surviving monument of the enigmatic 12th-century Ghurid dynasty. The re-discovery of the minaret half a century ago prompted renewed interest in the Ghurids, and this has intensified since their summer capital at Jam became Afghanistan’s first World Heritage site in 2002. Two seasons of archaeological fieldwork at Jam, the detailed analysis of satellite images and the innovative use of Google Earth as a cultural heritage management tool have resulted in a wealth of new information about known Ghurid sites, and the identification of hundreds of previously undocumented archaeological sites across Afghanistan. Thomas uses this data to generate a more nuanced understanding of this early Islamic polity and its sustainability, as well as exploring issues of Ghurid identity and ideology.

    Sydney University Press, 2018.

    ISBN: 9781743325414

  • Journal

    Oxford Studies in Islamic Art (OSIA)

    Several volumes of the OSIA series are available for sale via the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford. For full details, please email KRC administrator Hannah Litvack.

    Volume number
    Volume name
    Full publication details
    Hardback price
    Paperback price
    OSIA II
    Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah
    Abbas Daneshvari. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986.   ISBN 019728003X
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA III
    Pots and Pans
    Michael Vickers (ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1986. ISBN 0197280056 (hardback) ISBN 0197280064
    £ 50.00
    £ 30.00
    OSIA IV
    Syria and Iran - Three studies in medieval ceramics
    James Allan and Caroline Roberts (eds). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1987. ISBN 0197280072 (hardback). ISBN 0197280080
    £ 50.00
    £ 30.00
    OSIA VI
    Walid and his friends - An Umayyad tragedy
    Robert Hamilton. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1988.   ISBN 0197280110 (hardback). ISBN 0197280129
    £ 50.00
    £ 30.00
    OSIA IX i
    Bayt Al-Maqdis 'Abdal al-Malik's Jerusalem
    Julian Raby and Jeremy Johns (eds). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992. ISBN 019728017X
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA IX ii
    Bayt Al-Maqdis Jerusalem and Early Islam
    Julian Raby and Jeremy Johns (eds). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000. ISBN 0197280188
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA X i
    Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Pt. 1
    James Allan (ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995.   ISBN 0197280196
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA X ii
    Islamic Art in the Ashmolean Pt. 2
    James Allan (ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995.   ISBN 019728020X
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA XI
    A Monumental manifestation of the Shiite faith. 
    Case of the Gunbad-i 'Alawiyan, Hamadan
    Raya Shani. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1996. ISBN 0197280218
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA XII
    The Court of the Il-Khans 1290-1340
    Teresa Fitzherbert and Julian Raby (eds.)  Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1996.   ISBN 0197280226

    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA XIII
    'Amiriya in Rada': History and Restoration 
    of a Sixteenth-century Madrasa in the Yemen
    Selma al-Radi. With contributions by Ruth Barnes, Yahya al-Nasiri and Venetia Porter. Ed Robert Hillenbrand, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1997. ISBN 0197280234
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA XIV
    Samarra: A Medieval Islamic City reconsidered
    Chase Robinson (ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-728024-2
    £ 50.00
     
    OSIA XV
    Persian Steel - The Tanavoli Collection
    James Allan and Brian Gilmour. 2 vols. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000. ISBN 019-728025-0
    £ 80.00
     

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    Elaine Wright, Lapis and Gold, Exploring Chester Beatty’s Ruzbihan Qur’an

    Praised as one of the finest calligraphers of his time, Ruzbihan Muhammad al-Tab‘i al-Shirazi would have produced numerous Qur’ans during the course of his career, but only five signed by him have survived, of which the Chester Betty manuscript—produced in Shiraz—is surely his finest. Equally deserving of praise is the team of highly skilled, yet anonymous, artists responsible for the manuscript’s decorative programme, the combined quality, extent, diversity and complexity of which sets the manuscript apart from almost all others of its time. The manuscript is not dated, but work on it probably began about 1550.


    The book is a detailed and comprehensive study of the manuscript with chapters on the writing of the text (including a discussion of problems encountered in the spacing of the text and omissions and errors made by the calligrapher), the reading and recitation of the text and the decoration of it. Much of the discussion is the result of close examination of the manuscript under high magnification, which often revealed surprising and previously unknown aspects of production. An essay on the pigments used in the manuscript, by Kristine Rose Beers, the Chester Beatty’s Senior Conservator, is also included. 


    Ad Ilissum/Paul Holberton Publishing, London

    Hardback, 300 x 240 mm

    320 pages, 430 colour illustrations

    ISBN 978 1 912168 04 0

  • Website

    Berlin Museum of Islamic Art: Collections Online

    The Berlin Museum of Islamic Art's object database includes over 11,000 objects and is now available online, at  www.smb-digital.de


    Please look for „Museum für Islamische Kunst“. Currently the descriptions are only available in German. However you may search the collection in a special search form („Advanced Search“) according to date, material, object/term and geographical reference and enjoy the multiple views of the objects featured under the headline „Multimedia“.

  • Website

    Photographic Archive: Manar al-Athar

    The Manar al-Athar website, based at the University of Oxford, aims to provide free, downloadable, high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication. These images of archaeological sites, with buildings and art, will cover the areas of the former Roman empire which later came under Islamic rule, such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain. The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e., from about 300 BC) through, the Islamic period to the present. It is the first website of its kind providing such material labelled jointly in both Arabic and English. There are currently over 30,000 images online. 

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    Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, Bayt Farhi and the Sephardic Palaces of Ottoman Damascus in the Late 18th and 19th Centuries

    One of the largest and most important palatial houses of late 18th- and early 19th-century Damascus belonged to the Farhi family, who served as financial administrators to successive Ottoman governors in Damascus and Acre. The conversion of Bayt Farhi to a hotel provided a unique opportunity to make a detailed examination of its architecture, which is comparable to those of affluent Christians and Muslims, and decorated with high quality materials in the latest styles.

    Lavishly illustrated with extensive color photographs, plans, and reconstruction drawings the book brings to life the home environment of the lost elite Sephardic community of Ottoman Damascus. It will be an essential resource for those studying the architecture, history, and culture of Syria and the Ottoman Empire. Co-published with Manar al-Athar, University of Oxford.


    Annual of ASOR, 72

    Manar al-Athar Monographs, 4  

    ISBN-13 9780897571005 
    ISBN-10 0897571002

    356 pages (255 col & 47 b/w illus.)

    $89.95

  • Book

    Somaiyeh Falahat, Cities and Metaphors Beyond Imaginaries of Islamic Urban Space

    Introducing a new concept of urban space, Cities and Metaphors encourages a theoretical realignment of how the city is experienced, thought and discussed. 


    In the context of ‘Islamic city’ studies, relying on reasoning and rational thinking has reduced descriptive, vivid features of the urban space into a generic scientific framework. Phenomenological characteristics have consequently been ignored rather than integrated into theoretical components. The book argues that this results from a lack of appropriate conceptual vocabulary in our global body of scholarly literature. It challenges existing theories, introduces and applies the concept of Hezar-tu (‘a thousand insides’) to rethink the spaces in historic cores of Fez, Isfahan and Tunis. This tool constructs a staging post towards a different articulation of urban space based on spatial, physical, virtual, symbolic and social edges and thresholds; nodes of sociospatial relationships; zones of containment; state of intermediacy; and, thus, a logic of ambiguity rather than determinacy. Presenting alternative narrations of paths through sequential discovery of spaces, this book brings the sensual features of urban space into the focus.  


    The book finally shows that concepts derived from local contexts enable us to tailor our methods and theoretical structures to the idiosyncrasies of each city while retaining the global commonalities of all. Hence, in broader terms, it contributes to a growing awareness that urban studies should be more inclusive by bringing the diverse global contexts of cities into the body of our urban knowledge.

  • Journal

    International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 7.2

    This volume contains book and exhibition reviews, conference précis, an editorial preface by Yuka Kadoi, and articles in which scholars reflect on innovative ways to present Islamic art in exhibition and museum settings. Some of these studies are based on past and current exhibitions and installations at the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Others reflect on the traveling exhibitions of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah in Kuwait, and on the possibilities of recreating an Ilkhanid monument within an exhibition space, combining photographs of the structure with dispersed pieces of its architectural decoration.This volume contains book and exhibition reviews, conference précis, an editorial preface by Yuka Kadoi, and articles in which scholars reflect on innovative ways to present Islamic art in exhibition and museum settings. Some of these studies are based on past and current exhibitions and installations at the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Others reflect on the traveling exhibitions of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah in Kuwait, and on the possibilities of recreating an Ilkhanid monument within an exhibition space, combining photographs of the structure with dispersed pieces of its architectural decoration.

  • Book

    Farzaneh Pirouz, Clay between Two Seas: From Baghdad to the Talavera of Puebla / Cerámica entre dos mares

    Cerámica entre dos mares, ed. Farzaneh Pirouz-Moussavi

    Spanish and English

    Planeta, 2014

    ISBN  978-6070739842



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