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.
Jere L. Bacharach, Islamic History through Coins: An Analysis and Catalogue of Tenth-Century Ikhshidid Coinage", 2nd ed. (Cairo: AUC Press, 2015).
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.
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
The two-volume Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture bridges the gap between monograph and survey text by providing a new level of access and interpretation to Islamic art. The more than 50 newly commissioned essays revisit canonical topics, and include original approaches and scholarship on neglected aspects of the field.
August 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Fahrelnissa Zeid: Painter of Inner Worlds
The story of Fahrelnissa Zeid’s (1901–91) life is truly like no other. A Turkish noblewoman by birth and Iraqi princess by marriage, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at London’s prestigious Institute of Contemporary Arts. Friend and relative of kings, queens, and statesmen, and busy wife of an ambassador, she was also a leading figure of Turkish modernism in the 1940s and a prominent member of the avant-garde in postwar Paris, praised by fellow artists and critics alike. Despite her privileged background, she fought personal tragedy, psychological turmoil, and social and artistic prejudice to chart a unique and innovative path all of her own. She became celebrated in her lifetime for her monumental and dynamic abstract compositions that engulf the viewer in fields of colour, light, and energetic movement, as well as for her later expressionistic portraits of family and close friends. These works reflect her conception of art as a ceaseless forward quest, driven by a spiritual need to produce painterly renditions of cosmic journeys and inner psychic universes.
Coinciding with a retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern, this book is written by a former student of the artist and based on unprecedented access to her private papers and personal archive. It provides a revisionist and definitive account of both her extraordinary life and the constant innovation and reinvention that characterized her career right up until her final decades working and teaching in Jordan. It foregrounds the importance of her extensive knowledge of European culture and her shifting mental state on her artistic vision, and challenges orientalist interpretations of her art. In doing so, it redefines Fahrelnissa Zeid for the contemporary reader as one of the most important modernists of the twentieth century.
This illustrated volume examines the spaces created by and for Jews in areas under the political or religious control of Muslims. Covering regions as diverse as Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain, it asks how the architecture of synagogues responded to contextual issues and traditions, and how these contexts influenced the design and evolution of synagogues. As well as revealing how synagogues reflect the culture of the Jewish minority at macro and micro scales, from the city to the interior, the book also considers patterns of the development of synagogues in urban contexts and in connection with urban elements and monuments.
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Number of pages: 448, number of color illustrations: 200
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Focusing on travel images and cross-cultural exchange, Mediterranean Encounters examines interactions between the Ottoman Empire and Europe from 1774 to 1839, highlighting mutual dependence and reciprocity.
A 30% discount is available using code EAF17 at http://www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07320-0.html
edited by U. Franke and M. Müller-Wiener, with 21 contributions by various authors
This volume, published as vol. 3 of the Ancient Herat series, has 732 pages with 1950 colour images and 250 line drawings and maps.
The volumes are not available through commercial distributors; the webpage www.ancient-herat.de provides detailed information on the content and an option to order the books. The contact email is email@example.com. The two forthcoming volumes will be placed on that page too.
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