Treasures of Islam

Treasures of Islam

Artistic Glories of the Muslim World

Book - 2007
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Discover the grandeur of Islam in a vivid portrait of some of the greatest and most creative civilizations ever to have existed—a wide range of peoples and cultures all united spiritually by their adherence to Islam and its holy book. This important survey—which features outstanding production values, an oversized volume, a foil-trimmed cover, and special five-color printing—celebrates the remarkable diversity of Muslim art, from beautiful textiles and peerless ceramics to awe-inspiring architecture and exquisite metalwork. With superb photography throughout, this guide marries the religion's artistic legacy with its rich history, travelling from the royal mosque at Isfahan to the beauty of Quranic illumination.
Publisher: London : Duncan Baird, 2007
ISBN: 9781844834839
Branch Call Number: 709.1767 OKA
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 31 cm

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Shelf Life column Dec. 19, 2008

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

The displays in this gorgeous ‘coffee-table’ type book, The Treasures of Islam, are not simply exotic eye-candy – although the rich patterns and jewel-like colours can provide hours of happy gazing. The author, a professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo, presents these treasures in rough geographic and chronological order with historic background, religious context, and close-up photos of intricate architectural detail, illuminated manuscripts and even some basic floor plans to some of the bigger structures, like the complex of Sultan Hasan, with its qibla iwan (hall of two hundred lamps).

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