Islamic Arts

A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair


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About the book
Islamic Arts, a comprehensive survey covering a thousand years, highlights those characteristics that connect the various arts of the Islamic lands without minimizing the differences. The book is divided into three time periods - 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800 - and each section analyses architecture, the arts of the book, decorative and applied arts. Islamic Arts brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

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'Will revive the wanderlust, even of those who have "been everywhere, seen everything".' (New York Times Book Review)

'This is a wonderful new contribution, it reflects current scholarship in a easy to read way and demystifies Islamic art.' (Catherine Asher, Department of Art History, University of Minnesota)

'Islamic Arts is a visual as well as an intellectual treat, a successful collaboration of the best contemporary authors and the best contemporary design.' (Walter B Denny, Department of Art History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

'Art & Ideas has broken new ground in making accessible authoritative views on periods, movements and concepts in art. As a series it represents a real advance in publishing.' (Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate London)

'The format is wonderful and offers what had long been missing in academic studies: usable manuals for specific themes or periods...I am definitely not alone in welcoming Art & Ideas as a precious set of teaching tools.' (Joachim Pissarro, Yale University)

About the author(s)
Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair are among the world's leading experts in their field. A husband-and-wife team of scholars, they hold the Calderwood University Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. They are joint authors of The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800.

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Early Christian & Byzantine Art
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