Islamic Art

Islamic Art


  • Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain

    By Jerrilynn Dodds

    Our Price: $55.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810964136
    • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    • Published: May 1992
    An exceptionally sweeping study of the diverse art forms and unmistakable architectural style that emerged during the Islamic rule of Spain (711-1492). Spanish and American scholars have worked together to present thishuge assortment of treasures-- intricate ivory sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, precision instruments, and more--along with a thorough look at the architecture of the age, featuring numerousmosques and palaces, including the famed Alhambra, complete with plans and drawings. 325 illus., 300 in color. 480p
  • The Arab Contribution to Islamic Art: From the Seventh to the Fifteenth Centuries

    By Wijdan Ali

    Our Price: $30.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789774244766
    • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
    • Published: December 1999
  • Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning

    By George Michell

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780500340769
    • Publisher: Thames and Hudson
    • Published: October 1978
    A panoramic survey of the entire field of Islamic architecture, from mosques to markets, citadels to cemeteries, with the emphasis upon function and meaning rather than on chronology and style. Glossary, bibliography, index. 758 illustrations, 112 in full color. 288p.
  • The Art and Architecture of Ottoman Istanbul

    By Richard Yeomans

    Our Price: $75.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781859642245
    • Publisher: Garnet Publishing
    • Published: October 2010
    An oversized hardback, this book is simultaneously an art book and a guide to Ottoman sites of historical interest in the city of Istanbul. It is more successful at the second than the first; while the photographs are abundant and well-reproduced, they are quite small and mostly distance views of architecturally significant buildings. The informative text has a level of detail appropriate for serious students of the city or Ottoman art and art history, in an accessible format. The overall effect is of a tour led by a guide with a deep knowledge of the city's artistic and political history. The author takes us from building to building, and within buildings, from room to room, mixing discussions of court history with details of ornamental style. The book is short on social history or cultural context, but contains a glossary of terms and a select bibliography. It will be of interest to general readers with a significant passion for its particular subject. Distributed by International Publishers Marketing (IPM). Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • Art of Islam

    By Carel J. Du Ry

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780810980143
    • Publisher: HARRY N ABRAMS INC
    • Published: March 1976
    All aspects of Islamic art are carefully surveyed within an historical framework in this well-illustrated study
  • Arts and Crafts of the Swat Valley : Living Traditions In the Hindukush

    By Johannes Kalter

    Our Price: $24.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780500973844
    • Publisher: THAMES AND HUDSON
    • Published: April 1991
  • Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain

    By Heather Ecker

    Our Price: $40.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780295984216
    • Publisher: FREER GALLERY OF ART and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
    • Published: July 2004
    Al-Andalus (Islamic Spain), like no other region of the Islamic world evokes a nostalgic perception of a lost paradise: For many, it provides a model of medieval cultural and religious tolerance, intellectual endeavor, and artistic excellence. Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain explores the magnificent artistic achievements of al-Andalus from the seventh to fifteenth centuries, and its lasting influence on European Christiandom and Jewry.Caliphs and Kings celebrates the centenary anniversary of The Hispanic Society of America, a unique institution dedicated to the study of the cultural and artistic traditions of Spain. For the first time, the splendid Islamic collections of the society, rarely made available to the public, have been assembled into a single exhibition and volume, supplemented with a small number of objects from the collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Caliphs and Kings provides a window into Islamic empire of the west, and its place in Spanish art and history.
  • Ceramics from Islamic Lands

    By Oliver Watson

    Our Price: $39.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780500976340
    • Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
    • Published: February 2006
    "This splendid catalog serves as the most current and magnificently illustrated introduction to Islamic ceramics now available. Essential."ChoiceIslamic potterythe fine ceramics made in the lands of Islam, from the Arab world and Turkey through Iran and into Central Asiais one of the hidden treasures of world ceramics. It has often been overshadowed by the ceramic legacy of China and Europe, yet it cedes nothing to these great traditions in technical inventiveness and beauty of design. Through close trading links and cultural interchange, Islamic potters have played a crucial role in the development of these other ceramic cultures.A catalogue of the al-Sabah collection in Kuwaitone of the few truly great collections in private handsthis richly illustrated volume presents a comprehensive history of ceramics from Islamic lands and portrays the unfolding story of Islamic pottery over its thousand-year history. Over four hundred pieces are described, providing both an examination of individual items and an overall history of the subject. Clear and informative introductory essays cover the study and collecting of Islamic pottery over the past hundred years, and trace its technical and chronological history, from the first fine wares made in the eighth century to the destructive impact of European industrialization in the nineteenth century. The individual objects, illustrated with some nine hundred color pictures, are grouped by type and geographically. A Choice Outstanding Academic Title. 921 color illustrations.
  • Design and Color In Islamic Architecture

    By Michael Barry

    Our Price: $35.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780865659759
    • Publisher: VENDOME PRESS
    • Published: September 1996
    This highly unusual book gathers together the largest collection of photographs ever published of the astonishing tiled domes, minarets and walls of Islamic Asia.Michael Barry's text draws on a wealth of historical, technical and iconographic information to illuminate the history and meaning of these remarkable decorations. He traces the history of Islamic architectural tiles from their first major appearance at the end of the twelfth century as a means of protection from the weather, through their apogee in the fifteenth century which saw them perhaps at their most ornate, right up to the present day when Herat's tilemasters still perpetuate the finest medieval traditions.Beginning with a highly evocative traveller's impression of modern Afghanistan, the text combines profound historical knowledge with insight into the technical innovations that shaped the course of tile decoration in medieval Islam. In addition, in order to explore the symbolism behind the seven colors Michael Barry turns to one of the greatest medieval Persian-language poets, Nezami of Ganjeh, and his verse romance The Brides of the Seven Climes. He translates this series of tales, which are as charming and gripping as any in the Thousand and One Nights, and in his commentary provides a fascinating glimpse of the philosophical, literary and religious context for Nezami's work.
  • Die Islamische und Indische Malerei

    By Jean-Jacques Leveque

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112013658
    • Publisher: Editions Recontre Lausanne
    • Published: 1968
    Text is in German.
  • Early Islamic Textiles

    By Clive Rogers

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780950887517
    • Publisher: Clive Rogers Oriental Rugs
    • Published: December 1983
  • Earthly Paradise: Garden and Courtyard in Islam

    By Jonas Lehrman

    Our Price: $25.00
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780520043633
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: 1981
  • Enfoldment and Infinity : An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art

    By Laura U. Marks

    Our Price: $43.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780262014212
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Published: September 2010
    "After reading Laura Marks's lucid Enfoldment and Infinity, which leads us through the deep time layers of Arabic-Islamic arts and sciences, we have to give up our established concepts of media history. There remains no substantial reason to declare our culture and technologies of communication the most advanced in the world. Chapter by chapter, it becomes more evident that some of the most important paradigms like algorithms, pixels, morphs, or even virtual reality and artificial life have not been originally generated by the Occident, but through L'Age d'Or of the Orient, especially Mesopotamia with Baghdad in its center."ùSiegfried Zielinski, Academy of Arts Berlin"Enfoldment and Infinity is the most inventive synthesis of European and Islamic thought since Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia. This is a book full of imagination and theory, restlessly refusing to remain in the usual continental, philosophic, or chronological borders, continuously re-imagining contemporary abstraction as a profoundly Muslim visual discourse."ùJames Elkins, School of the Art Institute of Chicago"Admirably researched, beautifully documented, and written with dedicated passion, Enfoldment and Infinity convincingly demonstrates the deep continuities between ancient Islamic art and new media art. With this book, Laura Marks makes an original and important contribution to understanding the aesthetics of contemporary media culture and its hidden Islamic genealogies."ùPatricia Pisters, University of AmsterdamIn both classical Islamic art and contemporary new media art, one point can unfold to reveal an entire universe. A fourteenth-century dome decorated with geometric complexity and a new media work that shapes a dome from programmed beams of light: both can inspire feelings of immersion and transcendence. In Enfoldment and Infinity, Laura Marks traces the strong similarities, visual and philosophical, between these two kinds of art. Her argument is more than metaphorical; she shows that the "Islamic" quality of modern and new media art is a latent, deeply enfolded, historical inheritance from Islamic art and thought.Marks proposes an aesthetics of unfolding and enfolding in which image, information, and the infinite interact: image is an interface to information, and information (such as computer code or the words of the Qur'an) is an interface to the infinite. After demonstrating historically how Islamic aesthetics traveled into Western art, Marks draws explicit parallels between works of classical Islamic art and new media art, describing texts that burst into image, lines that multiply to form fractal spaces, "nonorganic life" in carpets and algorithms, and other shared concepts and images. Islamic philosophy, she suggests, can offer fruitful ways of understanding contemporary art
  • The Formation of Islamic Art (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

    By Oleg Grabar

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780300040463
    • Published: September 1987
  • The Future of Tradition - Tradition of the Future

    By Chris Dercon

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783791350851
    • Publisher: Prestel USA
    • Published: January 2011
    The most comprehensive exhibition of Muslim arts took place in 1910 in the Theresienhohe in Munich: 'Masterpieces of Mohammedan Art' had an immense influence on European scholars, arists and artisans of the time. Some thirty objects exhibited in the 1910 show are being presented anew, interspersed amid a sequence of modern and contemporary positions. in addition to a documentation of the remake, the book offers essays which continue the discourse and focus variously on the underlying aspects of tradition, modernism, and contemporaneity. Color illus. 128p.