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.
Cerámica entre dos mares, ed. Farzaneh Pirouz-Moussavi
Spanish and English
The historiography of early photography has scarcely examined Islamic countries in the Near and Middle East, although the new technique was adopted very quickly there by the 1840s. Which regional, local, and global aspects can be made evident? What role did autochthonous image and art traditions have, and which specific functions did photography meet since its introduction? This collective volume deals with examples from Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and the Arab lands and with the question of local specifics, or an „indigenous lens." The contributions broach the issues of regional histories of photography, local photographers, specific themes and practices, and historical collections in these countries. They offer, for the first time in book form, a cross-section through a developing field of the history of photography.
Series: Studies in Theory and History of Photography (Book 8)
Paperback: 374 pages
Publisher: De Gruyter (October 11, 2017)
The Nasrid builders of the Alhambra – the best-preserved medieval Muslim palatial city – were so exacting that some of their work could not be fully explained until the invention of fractal geometry. Their design principles have been obscured, however, by the loss of all archival material. This book resolves that impasse by investigating the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials. This reframing enables the reconstruction of the underlying, integrated aesthetic, focusing on the harmonious interrelationship between diverse artistic media – architecture, poetry and textiles – in the experience of the beholder, resulting in a new understanding of the Alhambra.
Hardback, Spring 2018, 344 pages, 94 colour illustrations; ISBN 9781474416504
Edinburgh University Press (distributed by Oxford University Press in the Americas)
Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum holds extensive and renowned collections of Iranian art, spanning at least twelve centuries of Iran's sophisticated cultural history. These objects range from archaeological finds to architectural salvage, from domestic furnishings and drinking vessels to design archives. Most of this diverse material was purchased in the late nineteenth century, over a few decades - roughly between 1873 and 1893 - during a specific period of contact between Victorian Britain and Qajar Iran.
The book investigates that period through four case studies, showing how architects, diplomats, dealers, collectors and craftsmen engage with Iran's complex visual traditions, ancient and modern.
Hardback, 272 pages, ISBN 9781851779338
London, Bloomsbury, 2017
The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) announces the publication of the newest issue, 7.1 (January, 2018). This is the thirteenth issue of a bi-annually published peer-reviewed journal on architecture, urban design, planning, and landscape architecture. IJIA aims to encourage dialogue between practitioners and scholars and enhance appreciation for the urban heritage in the region and pioneering design work. The journal is committed to inviting new research on understudied topics and reaching out to a broad international readership.
This volume contains an editorial by Hasan-Uddin Khan, a commentary by Rami F. Daher, book and exhibition reviews, conference précis, and articles on Mughal hunting preserves, the radicalization of cultural heritage in Tunisia, the preservation of Ottoman heritage in Athens, present-day politics surrounding the Red Fort of Delhi, and the political context behind contemporary architecture in Qatar. New in this issue is the section “Architectural Spotlight,” written by Şebnem Yücel, which reviews recent projects selected for Aga Khan Award.
Hardcover Published: 01 December 2017
288 Pages | 50 colour, 20 black and white
In ʿAli Qoli Jebādār et l’Occidentalism safavide, Negar Habibi provides a fresh account of the life and works of ʿAli Qoli Jebādār, a leading painter of the late Safavid period. By collecting several of the artist's paintings and signatures, Habibi brings to light the diversity of ʿAli Qoli Jebādār's most important works. In addition, the volume offers us new insights into both the artistic and socio-political evolution of Iranian society in the last days of pre-modern Iran. By carefully consulting the historical sources, Negar Habibi demonstrates the possibility of a female and eunuch patronage in the seventeenth-century paintings known as farangi sāzi, while suggesting the use of the term "Occidentalism" for those Safavid paintings that show some exotic and alien details of the Western world.
Leiden and Boston, Brill, copyright 2018
Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires: Encounters and Confluences, ed. Mohammad Gharipour
The cross-cultural exchange of ideas that flourished in the Mediterranean during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries profoundly affected European and Islamic society. Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires considers the role and place of gardens and landscapes in the broader context of the information sharing that took place among Europeans and Islamic empires in Turkey, Persia, and India. In illustrating commonalities in the design, development, and people’s perceptions of gardens and nature in both regions, this volume substantiates important parallels in the revolutionary advancements in landscape architecture that took place during the era. The contributors explain how the exchange of gardeners as well as horticultural and irrigation techniques influenced design traditions in the two cultures; examine concurrent shifts in garden and urban landscape design, such as the move toward more public functionality; and explore the mutually influential effects of politics, economics, and culture on composed outdoor space. In doing so, they shed light on the complexity of cultures and politics during the Renaissance. This book points to new areas in inquiry about the influences, confluences, and connections between European and Islamic garden traditions.
Title: Gardens of Renaissance Europe and the Islamic Empires: Encounters and Confluences
Editor: Mohammad Gharipour
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Number of pages: 272
Number of illustrations: 122
Ars Orientalis 47, Autumn 2017
New Research in Dress Across Asia, ed. Nancy Micklewright
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