Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition

Art and Architecture in the Islamic Tradition

This is an important step toward a critical analysis of the contemporary debate around the revival of Islamic architectural identity - a debate intricately embedded within opposing Islamic political and social projects throughout the world.

Author: Mohammed Hamdouni Alami

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857731753

Category: Art

Page: 304

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What is 'art' in the sense of the Islamic tradition? Mohammed Hamdouni Alami argues that Islamic art has historically been excluded from Western notions of art; that the Western aesthetic tradition's preoccupation with the human body, and the ban on the representation of the human body in Islam, has meant that Islamic and Western art have been perceived as inherently at odds. However, the move away from this 'anthropomorphic aesthetic' in Western art movements, such as modern abstract and constructivist painting, have presented the opportunity for new ways of viewing and evaluating Islamic art and architecture. This book questions the very idea of art predicated on the anthropocentric bias of classical art, and the corollary 'exclusion' of Islamic art from the status of art. It addresses a central question in post-classical aesthetic theory, in as much as the advent of modern abstract and constructivist painting have shown that art can be other than the representation of the human body; that art is not neutral aesthetic contemplation but it is fraught with power and violence; and that the presupposition of classical art was not a universal truth but the assumption of a specific cultural and historical set of practices and vocabularies. Based on close readings of classical Islamic literature, philosophy, poetry, medicine and theology, along with contemporary Western art theory, the author uncovers a specific Islamic theoretical vision of art and architecture based on poetic practice, politics, cosmology and desire. In particular it traces the effects of decoration and architectural planning on the human soul as well as the centrality of the gaze in this poetic view - in Arabic 'nazar'- while examining its surprising similarity to modern theories of the gaze. Through this double gesture, moving critically between two traditions, the author brings Islamic thought and aesthetics back into the realm of visibility, addressing the lack of recognition in comparison with other historical periods and traditions. This is an important step toward a critical analysis of the contemporary debate around the revival of Islamic architectural identity - a debate intricately embedded within opposing Islamic political and social projects throughout the world.
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Islamic Art and Architecture

Islamic Art and Architecture

Eye-catching photographs of gorgeous mosques, delicate manuscript paintings, and colorful ceramics give readers glimpses of the works being discussed.

Author: Peter Osier

Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica

ISBN: 9781680486148

Category: Art

Page: 128

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"The Islamic world has a rich artistic tradition, with particular strengths in calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, architecture, and the decorative arts. This reference traces the development of Islamic art and architecture from the Umayyad dynasty to the present day. Readers will learn about the art of the Fatimids, Seljuqs, Mamluks, Mongols, Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals, and more. Eye-catching photographs of gorgeous mosques, delicate manuscript paintings, and colorful ceramics give readers glimpses of the works being discussed. A great resource both for those interested in art history and those hoping to learn more about the long, rich history of Islamic culture."
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Patterns of Stylistic Changes in Islamic Architecture

Patterns of Stylistic Changes in Islamic Architecture

A collection of four unconventional essays presented by Islamic art and architecture expert Michael Meinecke in lecture form at New York University before his sudden death in 1995.

Author: Michael Meinecke

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814754924

Category: Architecture

Page: 161

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"This book, published posthumously, is based on four lectures Professor Meinecke delivered at the [Hagop Kevorkian] Center in the spring of 1991, for the Hagop Kevorkian Lectureship in Near Eastern Art and Civilization".--p. ix.
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A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture

A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture

These essays are organized according to a new chronological-geographical paradigm that remaps the unprecedented expansion of the field in recent years and reflects the nuances of major artistic and political developments during a 1400-year ...

Author: Finbarr Barry Flood

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119068570

Category: Art

Page: 1448

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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. This two-volume Companion showcases more than 50 specially commissioned essays and an introduction that survey Islamic art and architecture in all its traditional grandeur Essays are organized according to a new chronological-geographical paradigm that remaps the unprecedented expansion of the field and reflects the nuances of major artistic and political developments during the 1400-year span The Companion represents recent developments in the field, and encourages future horizons by commissioning innovative essays that provide fresh perspectives on canonical subjects, such as early Islamic art, sacred spaces, palaces, urbanism, ornament, arts of the book, and the portable arts while introducing others that have been previously neglected, including unexplored geographies and periods, transregional connectivities, talismans and magic, consumption and networks of portability, museums and collecting, and contemporary art worlds; the essays entail strong comparative and historiographic dimensions The volumes are accompanied by a map, and each subsection is preceded by a brief outline of the main cultural and historical developments during the period in question The volumes include periods and regions typically excluded from survey books including modern and contemporary art-architecture; China, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sicily, the New World (Americas)
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Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World 2 vol set

Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World  2 vol  set

Following the tradition and style of the acclaimed Index Islamicus, the editors have created this new Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World.

Author: Susan Sinclair

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047412076

Category: Reference

Page: 1512

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Following the tradition and style of the acclaimed Index Islamicus, the editors have created this new Bibliography of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World. The editors have surveyed and annotated a wide range of books and articles from collected volumes and journals published in all European languages (except Turkish) between 1906 and 2011. This comprehensive bibliography is an indispensable tool for everyone involved in the study of material culture in Muslim societies.
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Virtues in Muslim Culture

Virtues in Muslim Culture

With remarkable breath of vision, Dr. Gehan S. A. Ibrahim background, not with the outer appearance of things, but with their inner reality, the meaning of Islamic ethical culture.

Author: Gehan S. A. Ibrahim

Publisher: New Generation Publishing

ISBN: 9781785073083

Category: Art

Page: 308

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With remarkable breath of vision, Dr. Gehan S. A. Ibrahim background, not with the outer appearance of things, but with their inner reality, the meaning of Islamic ethical culture. Ranging across the literature of the Muslim era, Islamic art objects, and Islamic architecture, Dr. Ibrahim penetrates to the inner dimension of Islamic moral values and shows the role culture plays in the life of the individual Muslims - the role of the formation of the code of morals of the Muslim era. By rediscovering the root of the moral concepts in the Islamic tradition, Dr. Gehan S. A. Ibrahim opens doors to new dimensions of the unity and variety in form and meaning of the moral values since the dawn of the Muslim era.
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Islamic Art and Spirituality

Islamic Art and Spirituality

In so doing, he extends the significance of this book beyond the Islamic belief system to touch the hearts and creative impulses of readers from all traditions.

Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438414201

Category: Art

Page: 213

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With remarkable breadth of vision, Seyyed Hossein Nasr reveals for both Western and Muslim readers how each art form in the islamic tradition is based upon a science of nature concerned, not with the outer appearance of things, but with their inner reality. Ranging across calligraphy, painting, architecture, literature, music, and the plastic arts, Nasr penetrates to the inner dimension of Islam and shows the role art plays in the life of individual Muslims and the community as a whole—the role of inspiring the remembrance and contemplation of God. Once the author establishes art as an aid and support to the spiritual life, he traces the creative act to its ultimate source: inner knowledge and barakah, or grace, which make the crystallization of inner realities in form and space and time possible. Through this knowledge and grace, the author asserts, unity manifests upon the plane of multiplicity, making archetypal realities perceivable by the senses. Through this knowledge and grace, art functions as a ladder for the journey of the soul from the visible to the invisible. How Islamic art leads man to the inner chamber of divine revelation forms the substance of much of this important work. An especially close look is given to the Sufi tradition within Islam, for its mystical teachers have often clearly demonstrated in their works the spiritual significance of beauty and served as the source of inspiration for art. By rediscovering the root of art in the Islamic tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr opens doors to new dimensions of unity which have seemingly been obscured in recent Western art. In so doing, he extends the significance of this book beyond the Islamic belief system to touch the hearts and creative impulses of readers from all traditions.
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The Visual Guide to Islam

The Visual Guide to Islam

This beautifully illustrated book explores the history, philosophy, traditions and teachings of Islam, as well as its exquisite calligraphy, fine-art paintings, ornaments and architecture.

Author: Raana Bokhari

Publisher: Lorenz Books

ISBN: 085723921X

Category: Religion

Page: 512

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The history, beliefs, culture, sacred sites and traditions of Islam, sumptuously illustrated with 1000 images.
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Islamic Art and Architecture 650 1250

Islamic Art and Architecture 650 1250

This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast ...

Author: Richard Ettinghausen

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300088698

Category: Art

Page: 344

View: 248

This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar’s original text, this book has been completely rewritten and updated to take into account recent information and methodological advances. The volume focuses special attention on the development of numerous regional centers of art in Spain, North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Anatolia, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as the western and northeastern provinces of Iran. It traces the cultural and artistic evolution of such centers in the seminal early Islamic period and examines the wealth of different ways of creating a beautiful environment. The book approaches the arts with new classifications of architecture and architectural decoration, the art of the object, and the art of the book. With many new illustrations, often in color, this volume broadens the picture of Islamic artistic production and discusses objects in a wide range of media, including textiles, ceramics, metal, and wood. The book incorporates extensive accounts of the cultural contexts of the arts and defines the originality of each period. A final chapter explores the impact of Islamic art on the creativity of non-Muslims within the Islamic realm and in areas surrounding the Muslim world.
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Islamic Art in the 19th Century

Islamic Art in the 19th Century

This collection of essays provides a timely reassessment of nineteenth-century Islamic art and architecture.

Author: Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004144422

Category: Social Science

Page: 446

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This collection of essays provides a timely reassessment of nineteenth-century Islamic art and architecture. The essays demonstrate that the arts of that era were vibrant and diverse, making ingenious use of native traditions and materials or adopting imported conventions and new technologies. However, traditionalists, revivalists and modernists all referred in one way or another to an Islamic heritage, whether to reinvent, revive or reject it. Beginning with an historical introduction and an assessment of changing attitudes towards the visual arts the following essays provide case studies of architecture and art in Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, sub-Saharan Africa, Iran, Central Asia, India and the Caribbean. They examine such issues as patronage, sources of artistic inspiration and responses to European art. The essays have a relevance and importance for our understanding of the societies and attitudes of that time, and have a direct bearing on the more general debate concerning cultural identity and the integration of modern ideas in the Muslim world. The book is richly illustrated with very many illustrations in black-and-white and in full colour.
Categories: Social Science

Frontiers of Islamic Art and Architecture

Frontiers of Islamic Art and Architecture

"Muqarnas" is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Author: Gülru Neci̇poğlu

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004173279

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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"Muqarnas" is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In "Muqarnas" articles are being published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.
Categories: Social Science

Studies in Medieval Islamic Architecture

Studies in Medieval Islamic Architecture

This is the first of two volumes to consider in detail the architecture of Islam, from Spain to India, from the 7th century to the present day.

Author: Robert Hillenbrand

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015055885878

Category: Architecture

Page: 558

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This is the first of two volumes to consider in detail the architecture of Islam, from Spain to India, from the 7th century to the present day. Hillenbrand's particular interests are Iranian buildings from the Saljuq period (11th to 12th centuries) and the Umayyad monuments in the Levant (660-750 AD). This volume considers the architecure of Cordoba, Syria, Pakistan and Britain and America and includes Islamic and Oriental art, The second volume, predominantly concerned with Iran, is also available. Volume I Contents: Preface The Legacy of the Dome of the Rock The Ornament of the World - Cordoba A Pair of Medieval Tomb Towers in Van La dolce vita in Early Islamic Syria: the Evidence of Later Umayyad Palaces Islamic Art at the Crossroads: East and West at Mshatta Some Observations on the Use of Space in Medieval Islamic Buildings Eastern Islamic Influneces in Syria: Raqqa and Qal'at Ja'bar in the Later Twelfth Century Islamic Art, Architecture and Archaeology The Classical Heritage in Islamic Art: the Case of Medieval Architecture The Use of Spatial Devices in the Great Mosque of Cordoba Islamic Art and Architecture Political Symbolism in Early Indo-Muslim Mosque Architecture: the Case of Ajmir Qur'anic Epigraphy in Medieval Islamic Architecture Cresswell and Contemporary Central European Scholarship Turco-Iranian Elements in the Medieval Architecture of Pakistan - the Case of the Tomb of Rukn-i 'Alam at Multan Mamluk Caravansarais in Galilee The Dervish Lodge. Architecture, Art and Sufism in Ottoman Turkey Reflections on O. Aslanapa's Turkish Art and Architecture Traditional Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula Musalla Qasr Kharana re-examined Occidental Oriental: Islamic Influences in the Art of Britain and America Splendour and Austerity. Islamic Architectural Ornament. The Monument Reviews of M. Meinecke, Die Madrasa des Amir Mitqal C. Ewert and J.-P. Wisshak, Forschungen zur almohadischen Moschee. I. Vorstafen E. C. Dodd and S. Khairallah, The Image of the World.
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Early Islamic Art and Architecture

Early Islamic Art and Architecture

Early Islamic Art and Architecture deals with the formative period of Islamic art (to c. 950), and the different approaches to studying it.

Author: Jonathan M. Bloom

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UOM:39015054440261

Category: History

Page: 420

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Early Islamic Art and Architecture deals with the formative period of Islamic art (to c. 950), and the different approaches to studying it. Individual essays deal with architecture, ceramics, coins, textiles, and manuscripts, as well as with such broad questions as the supposed prohibition of images, and the relationships between sacred and secular art. An introductory essay sets each work in context; it is complemented by a bibliography for further reading.
Categories: History

Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Architecture

Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Architecture

This richly illustrated book provides new insights into Hassan Fathy's profuse, pathbreaking design documents and built projects, while exploring the socioeconomic, environmental, psychological, and esthetic components of Fathy's work in ...

Author: Ahmad Hamid

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9774163419

Category: Architecture

Page: 206

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Hassan Fathy, the Egyptian architect known for his recognition of the potential of vernacular forms as a vital force in contemporary architectural design, sought to integrate the traditions of Islamic art with his modern visions for living. Guided by Fathy's principles, Ahmad Hamid, an architect who collaborated with Hassan Fathy in the Institute for Appropriate Technology, identifies questions about the nature of Islamic art and its building culture, as well as the origins of modern architecture. This richly illustrated book provides new insights into Hassan Fathy's profuse, pathbreaking design documents and built projects, while exploring the socioeconomic, environmental, psychological, and esthetic components of Fathy's work in the light of a quest for a new universal modernity for the twenty-first century.
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Al Andalus

Al Andalus

This awe-inspiring volume, which accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is devoted to the little-known artistic legacy of Islamic Spain, revealing the value of ...

Author: Jerrilynn Denise Dodds

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 9780870996368

Category: Art

Page: 432

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From 711 when they arrived on the Iberian Peninsula until 1492 when scholars contribute a wide-ranging series of essays and catalogue entries which are fully companion to the 373 illustrations (324 in color) of the spectacular art and architecture of the nearly vanished culture. 91/2x121/2 they were expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella, the Muslims were a powerful force in al-Andalus, as they called the Iberian lands they controlled. This awe-inspiring volume, which accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is devoted to the little-known artistic legacy of Islamic Spain, revealing the value of these arts as part of an autonomous culture and also as a presence with deep significance for both Europe and the Islamic world. Twenty-four international Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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The Formation of Islamic Art

The Formation of Islamic Art

This classic work on the nature of early Islamic art has now been brought up to date in order to take into consideration material that has recently come to light.

Author: Oleg Grabar

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300040466

Category: Art

Page: 232

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This classic work on the nature of early Islamic art has now been brought up to date in order to take into consideration material that has recently come to light. In a new chapter, Oleg Grabar develops alternate models for the formation of Islamic art, tightens its chronology, and discusses its implications for the contemporary art of the Muslim world. Reviews of the first edition: "Grabar examines the possible ramifications of sociological, economic, historical, psychological, ecological, and archaeological influences upon the art of Islam. . . [He] explains that Islamic art is woven from the threads of an Eastern, Oriental tradition and the hardy, surviving strands of Classical style, and [he] illustrates this web by means of a variety of convincing and well-chosen examples."--Art Bulletin "A book of absorbing interest and immense erudition. . . All Islamic archaeologists and scholars will thank Professor Grabar for a profound and original study of an immense and complex field, which may provoke controversy but must impress by its mastery and charm by its modesty."--Times Literary Supplement "Oleg Grabar, in this book of exceptional subtlety and taste, surveys and extends his own important contributions to the study of early Islamic art history and works out an original and imaginative approach to the elusive and complex problems of understanding Islamic art."--American Historical Review
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Islamic Architecture on the Move

Islamic Architecture on the Move

This book brings together scholars from architectural studies, design, art history and other fields to challenge and expand concepts of Islamic architecture.

Author: Christiane Gruber

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783206407

Category: Architecture

Page: 136

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Even a casual observer can spy traces of Islamic architecture and design on buildings all over the world, a reminder that artistic traditions and visual culture have never been limited to their region or country of origin, but rather are highly diffusible. This book brings together scholars from architectural studies, design, art history, and other fields to challenge and expand concepts of Islamic architecture. Ranging from eighteenth-century Ottoman tents to manifestations of Islamic motifs in 1960s Hawaii, this richly illustrated volume raises key questions about Islamic architecture, and, more broadly, about how we can rethink our understanding of material, artistic, and cultural mobility in the modern world.
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The Illustrated Guide to Islam

The Illustrated Guide to Islam

An in-depth study of the history, ideology, culture and traditions of Islam, discussing the core beliefs, practices and sacred texts central to the religion, and an exploration of Islamic artistic and architectural achievements, shown in ...

Author: Raana Bokhari

Publisher: Anness Pub Limited

ISBN: 0754823911

Category: Religion

Page: 512

View: 357

An in-depth study of the history, ideology, culture and traditions of Islam, discussing the core beliefs, practices and sacred texts central to the religion, and an exploration of Islamic artistic and architectural achievements, shown in 1000 photographs and paintings.
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Architecture of the Islamic West

Architecture of the Islamic West

Jonathan M. Bloom’s Architecture of the Islamic West introduces readers to the full scope of this vibrant tradition, presenting both famous and little-known buildings in six countries in North Africa and southern Europe.

Author: Jonathan M. Bloom

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300218701

Category: Architecture

Page: 320

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An authoritative survey situating some of the Western world’s most renowned buildings within a millennium of Islamic history Some of the most outstanding examples of world architecture, such as the Mosque of Córdoba, the ceiling of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo, the Giralda tower in Seville, and the Alhambra Palace in Granada, belong to the Western Islamic tradition. This architectural style flourished for over a thousand years along the southern and western shores of the Mediterranean—between Tunisia and Spain—from the 8th century through the 19th, blending new ideas with local building practices from across the region. Jonathan M. Bloom’s Architecture of the Islamic West introduces readers to the full scope of this vibrant tradition, presenting both famous and little-known buildings in six countries in North Africa and southern Europe. It is richly illustrated with photographs, specially commissioned architectural plans, and historical documents. The result is a personally guided tour of Islamic architecture led by one of the finest scholars in the field and a powerful testament to Muslim cultural achievement.
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