From a single merchant's list of baggage begins a history that explores the dynamic world of medieval Indian Ocean exchanges. This fresh and innovative perspective on Jewish merchant activity shows how this list was a component of broader trade connections that developed between the Islamic Mediterranean and South Asia in the Middle Ages. Drawing on a close reading of this unique twelfth-century document, found in the Cairo Genizah and written in India by North African merchant Abraham Ben Yiju, Lambourn focuses on the domestic material culture and foods that structured the daily life of such India traders, on land and at sea. This is an exploration of the motivations and difficulties of maintaining homes away from home, and the compromises that inevitably ensued. Abraham's Luggagedemonstrates the potential for writing challenging new histories in the accidental survival of apparently ordinary ephemera.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. A list of luggage from the Indian Ocean world
2. From Ifriqiya to Malibarat – introducing Abraham Ben Yiju
Part I. A Mediterranean Society in Malibarat:
3. Making homes and friends: on shopping and suhba
4. Making a meal of it: on food cultures
5. A Jewish home: on ritual foods
Part II. A Mediterranean Society at Sea:
6. The 'simple' bare necessities: on water and rice
7. 'Things for the cabin': inhabiting the ocean
8. The balanced body: on vinegar and other sour foods
9. From Malibarat to Misr and beyond – afterlives
Appendix: Abraham's list of luggage.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018
American University in Cairo Press, 2018
The aim of the Crossroads Aleppo project is to reach Aleppans in their mother tongue and to draw attention to the importance of the old town and its own cultural heritage as well as to lay the foundations for reconstruction. The first three monuments are now extensively documented in Arabic and English - including the famous Umayyad Mosque. Crossroads Aleppo allows a discussion around the understanding of the Old Town and its reconstruction. The documents directly support the local actors. Scientific documentations on the reconstruction on site are in many cases not accessible, or were looted. The project is part of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project (https://syrian-heritage.org/en/start/), located at the Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum and has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation since 2017. The next phase of 25 catalogue entries is in preparation.
Weaving the History: Mystery of a City, Sof exhibition explores the history of the Angora goat and its precious mohair and the premium, luxurious fabric called sof produced from the Angora goat’s brilliant unadulterated mohair yarn during the Ottoman Era. Sof production and mohair weaving once shaped the economy and social life of Ankara, especially in the 16th century ceased to an end in the 19th century and sof has become a forgotten value. This exhibition catalog documents the making of a research- based exhibition. Furthermore, it aims to become a reference book for researchers by compiling objects demonstrating the importance of the Angora goat and the usages of mohair together with presenting articles authored by researchers from various disciplines.
Prepared and edited by Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu
Aux origines du classicisme. Calligraphes et bibliophiles au temps des dynasties mongoles explores a pivotal period in the history of the book in the Islamic world and Iran, i.e. the Mongol period viewed in a long-term perspective, under the Ilkhanid and the Djalayirid dynasties. It examines the issue of the maturation of classical Arabic calligraphy through the life and work of Yāqūt al-Mustaʿṣimī, which are for the first time subjected to a systematic analysis, highlighting the importance of his school and the Baghdadi masters for the arts of the book of the following decades. The study also looks at the manuscripts of the Muslim Ilkhans and the Vizier Rashīd al-Dīn in the context of the birth of the kitābkhānah and the rise in the status of calligraphers and painters under the last Ilkhanids and the Djalayirids.
Series: Islamic Manuscripts and Books, Volume: 17
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-tawarikhproduced 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.
Series: Studies in Persian Cultural History, Volume: 16
Extent: xvi + 344 pp.
The Pisa Griffin and the Mari-Cha Lion. Metalwork, Art, and Technology in the Medieval Islamicate Mediterranean is an interdisciplinary study focusing on two unique bronze sculptures produced between the late eleventh and the early twelfth century. Through scientific, historical and art historical analyses it investigates the many issues that surround them, including fundamental questions of location and period, purpose and patronage, their transcultural meanings, and their agency as the function of each has mutated.
By bringing related pieces into the discussion, this study seeks to change our understanding of medieval art and metal production in the Western Mediterranean and to highlight the significance of metalworking in Spain and South Italy. It shows how the relationship between these areas and the rest of the Mediterranean was marked by active exchanges of goods and artistic ideas during the period just prior to the development of the better-known Shirazi, Ayyubid and Mamluk inlaid metalwork.
Pisa: Pacini Editore, 2018.
Hard cover 28.5x25x3.5 cm, 544 pages, 374 colour photos and diagrams, €65.
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.
Series: Studies in Persian Cultural History, Volume: 16
Extent: xvi + 344 pp.
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.
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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