Eighteenth-century consumers of the Qing and Ottoman empires had access to an increasingly diverse array of goods, from home furnishings to fashionable clothes and new foodstuffs. While this tendency was of shorter duration and intensity in the Ottoman world, some urbanites of the sultans’ realm did enjoy silks, coffee, and Chinese porcelain. By contrast, a vibrant consumer culture flourished in Qing China, where many consumers flaunted their fur coats and indulged in gourmet dining.
Living the Good Life explores how goods furthered the expansion of social networks, alliance-building between rulers and regional elites, and the expression of elite, urban, and gender identities. The scholarship in the present volume highlights the recently emerging “material turn” in Qing and Ottoman historiographies and provides a framework for future research.
In his book In the Shadow of the Church: The Building of Mosques in Early Medieval Syria, Mattia Guidetti examines the establishment of Muslim religious architecture within the Christian context in which it first appeared in the Syrian region, contributing to the debate on the transformation of late antique society to a Muslim one. He scrutinizes the slow process of conversion to Islam of the most important town centers by looking at religious places of both communities between the seventh and the eleventh century. The author assesses the relevancy of churches by analyzing the location of mosques and by researching phenomena of transfer of marble material from churches to mosques.
Winner of the 2017 Syrian Studies Association Prize for Outstanding Book on Syria.
From lavish textiles and intricately patterned carpets to colourful paintings, polychrome Iznik wares, and precious inlaid metalwork, Arts of the East: Highlights of Islamic Art from the Bruschettini Collection introduces readers to a selection from one of the world’s most important private collections of Islamic art.
Showcased in this catalogue are more than 40 works of art, dating from the 13th to 17th centuries, whose origins span the Islamic world from Spain to China and demonstrate remarkable vibrancy, variety, and technical perfection. The importance of cross-cultural relationships, the transformation of local styles, the fascination of luxury goods — the stories these objects carry awaken curiosity as well as awe.
Included in the catalogue are a foreword from Alessandro Bruschettini on the origin of the collection, essays from Curator Filiz Çakır Phillip on metalwork, ceramics, and textiles, plus contributions from internationally renowned scholar Claus-Peter Haase on the art of the book and well-known expert Michael Franses on the art of the carpet.
The 3271 inscriptions from 509 monuments, 3395 bibliographic references from 63 bibliographic items, 12,107 photographs and 1425 drawings are now searchable in English and Arabic (the latter for the Arabic text field only).
Jere L. Bacharach, Islamic History through Coins: An Analysis and Catalogue of Tenth-Century Ikhshidid Coinage", 2nd ed. (Cairo: AUC Press, 2015).
Espacio, Tiempo y Forma, Vol. 5 (2017), Special Issue
TREASURES OF THE SEA: ART BEFORE CRAFT?
Edited by Avinoam Shalem
Avinoam Shalem: Introduction: Treasures of the Sea. Art Before Craft?
Barbara Baert: Marble and the Sea or Echo Emerging (A Ricercar)
Karen Pinto: In God’s Eyes: The Sacrality of the Seas in the Islamic Cartographic Vision
Matthew Elliott Gillman: A Tale of Two Ivories: Elephant and Walrus
Persis Berlekamp: Reflections on a Bridge and its Waters: Fleeting Access at Jazirat b. ‘Umar (Cizre) ‘Ain Diwar / (Im)mobile displacements
Hannah Baader: Livorno, Lapis Lazuli, Geology and the Treasures of the Sea in 1604604
The main focus of this unique book is an in-depth examination of the polygonal technique; the primary method used by master artists of the past in creating Islamic geometric patterns. The author details the design methodology responsible for this all-but-lost art form and presents evidence for its use from the historical record, both of which are vital contributions to the understanding of this ornamental tradition.
“Multaka: Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums”, aims to facilitate the interchange of diverse cultural and historical experiences. Multaka (Arabic for “meeting point”) aims at an active cultural participation through a process of appropriation of cultural institutions. Through experiencing the appreciation which the museum shows towards cultural artifacts from their homelands, we hope to strengthen the self-esteem of refugees and allow for confident and constructive connection with our cultural institutions. To cover the great interest of the German audience, Multaka organized in addition 18 intercultural workshops in 2016 that address refugees as well as German speaking natives to meet directly.
Table of Contents
Toward a Grammar of Textiles: A Reconsideration of Medieval Textile Aesthetics and the Impact of Modern Collecting, Arielle Winnik
Nomad Textile Bags from Central Asia in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Geographic Distribution, Decoration, Semantics, Irina Bogoslovskaya
Through the Renaissance Frame: Carpets and the Beginnings of ‘Islamic Art’ in Nineteenth-Century Vienna and Berlin, Denise-Marie Teece
Pope Innocent VIII's Mamluk Carpets from Cairo in Context: Their Manufacture and Acquisition, Rosamond E. Mack
Rethinking Mamluk Carpet Origins, Gerald Pollio
Tentage at the Calico Museum and its Patterns, by Peter Alford Andrews and Mugul Andrews, Mattiebelle Gittinger
Imprints of Culture, by Eiluned Edwards, Sarah Fee
Pattern and Loom, by John Becker, Ruth Barnes
Textiles of the Banjara, by Charllotte Kwon and Tim McLaughlin, Cristin McKnight Sethi
Les mosquées ibadites du djebel Nafūsa: Architecture, histoire et religions du nord-ouest de la Libye [The Ibadites Mosques of the Djebel Nafūsa: Architecture, history and religion of North West Libya (VIII-XIII centuries)]
The mosques of the Djebel Nafūsa, little known and under threat, personify the continuity of traditions and faith of the Ibadites, who have retained their grip over the centuries on this rugged landscape, despite their many trials and tribulations. This book is the result of a mission carried out in 2010 with the photographer Axel Derriks and examines twenty or so mosques, bringing to light their architectural features and linking them to medieval Ibadite texts.
French text with Arabic summary
Photography: Axel Derriks
Maps, plans and drawings: Mathieu Favresse
210 x 297 mm; 254 pages; over 170 full-colour photographs, illustrations and plans
Publication date: 2016
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