Reading Lists

Art and Architecture in the Muslim World

General Works

Baker, Patricia L. Islam and the Religious Arts. New York: Continuum, 2004.

Blair, Sheila S. and Jonathan M. Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800.

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995.

________. Islamic Arts. London: Phaidon, 1997.

Clark, Emma. The Art of the Islamic Garden. Marlborough: Crowood Press, 2004.

Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture, 650–1250. Princeton, NJ: Yale University Press, 2003.

Frishman, Martin and Hasan-Uddin Khan, ed. The Mosque: History, Architectural Development and Regional Diversity. London: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

Hillenbrand, Robert. Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1994.

 

a. Qur’anic Manuscripts, Calligraphy, Inscriptions and Coins

Bates, Michael. Dinars and Dirhams: Coins of the Islamic Lands - the Early Period. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Bayani, Manijeh, Anna Contadini and Tim Stanley. The Decorated Word: Qur’ans of the 17th to 19th Centuries. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1999.

Blair, Sheila S. Islamic Inscriptions. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998.

________. Islamic Calligraphy. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.

Déroche, François. The Abbasid Tradition: Qur’ans of the 8th to the 10th Centuries AD. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992.

Ja’far, Mustafa. Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh Script for Beginners. London: British Museum Press, 2002.

James, David. After Timur: Qur’ans of the 15th and 16th Centuries. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992.

_____. The Master Scribes: Qur’ans of the 10th to 14th Centuries AD. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford UniversityPress, 1992.

Nicol, Norman Douglas. A Corpus of Fatimid Coins. Trieste: Giulio Bernardi, 2006.

Porter, Venetia. Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, Exhibition Catalogue. London: British Museum Press, 2006.

Safwat, Nabil F. The Art of the Pen: Calligraphy of the 14th to 20th Centuries. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1996.

Suleman, Fahmida, ed. Word of God, Art of Man: The Qur’aninfo-icon and its Creative Expressions: Selected Proceedings from the International Colloquium, London, 18-21 October 2003. Oxford: Oxford University Press in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2007.

Treadwell, Luke. Buyid Coinage: A Die Corpus. 322-445 AH. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2001.

 

b. Manuscripts, Painting and Portraiture

Atil, Esin. Kalila wa Dimna: Fables from a Fourteenth-Century Arabic Manuscript. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981.

Beach, Milo Cleveland. The Grand Mogul: Imperial Painting in India, 1600-1660. ]Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1978.

Canby, Sheila R. Persian Painting. London: British Museum Press, 1993.

_____. The Rebellious Reformer: The Drawings and Paintings of Riza-yi ‘Abbasi of Isfahan. London: Azimuth Editions, 1996.

_____. Princes, Poets and Paladins: Islamic and Indian Paintings from the Collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khaninfo-icon. London: British Museum Press, 1998.
 
Contadini, Anna, ed. Arab Painting: Text and Image in Illustrated Arabic Manuscripts. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

Diba, Layla S. ed. Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch, 1785-1925. London: I.B. Tauris in association with the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1998.

Ettinghausen, Richard. Arab Painting. Lausanne: Skira, 1962.

Gray, Basil. Persian Painting. New York and London: Skira, 1961.

Grube, Ernst J. Islamic Paintings from the 11th to the 18th Century in the Collection of Hans P. Kraus. New York: H. P. Kraus, 1972.

______, ed. A Mirror for Princes from India: Illustrated Versions of the Kalilah wa Dimnah, Anvar-i Suhayli, Iyar-i Danish and Humayun Nameh. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1991.

Leach, Linda York. Paintings from India. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1998.

Milstein, Rachel, Karin Rührdanz and Barbara Schmitz. Stories of the Prophets: Illustrated Manuscripts of Qisas al-Anbiya’. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1999.

Raby, Julian. Qajar Portraits. London: Azimuth Editions in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation, 1999.

Rogers, John Michael. Mughal Miniatures. London: British Museum Press, 2006.

Welch, Anthony and Stuart Cary Welch. Arts of the Islamic Book: The Collection of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. Ithaca and London: Published for the Asia Society by Cornell University Press, 1982.

Welch, Stuart Cary. A King’s Book of Kings: The Shah-Nameh of Shah Tahmasp. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972.

______. Royal Persian Manuscripts. London: Thames and Hudson, 1976.

Welch, Stuart Cary et al. The Emperors’ Album: Images of Mughal India. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987.

 

c. Catalogues of Islamic Art. Mixed Media of Various Periods.

Akbarnia, Ladan, Benoît Junod and Alnoor Merchant, ed. The Path of Princes: Masterpieces from the Aga Khan Museum Collection. Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2008.

Atil, Esin. Art of the Arab World. Washington, D.C.: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1975.

______, ed. Islamic Art and Patronage: Treasures from Kuwait. New York: Rizzoli, 1990.

Carboni, Stefano, ed. Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.

Froom, Aimée, et al. Spirit and Life: Masterpieces of Islamic Art from the Aga Khan Museum Collection. Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2007.Institut du Monde Arabe. Trésors Fatimides du Caire: Exposition Présentée à L’institut du Monde Arabe du 28 Avril au 30 Août 1998. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1998.

Jenkins, Marilyn, ed. Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum. London: Sotheby’s, 1983.

Komaroff, Linda and Stefano Carboni, ed. The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353. New York, London and New Haven: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2002.

Lentz, Thomas W. and Glenn D. Lowry. Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century. Los Angeles and Washington, DC: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1989.

Melikian-Chirvani, Assadullah Souren. Le Chant du Monde: l’Art de l’Iran Safavide, 1501-1736. Paris: Somogy and Musée du Louvre, 2007.

Rogers, J. M. Islamic Art and Design, 1500 - 1700. London: British Museum Publications, 1983.

Roxburgh, David J. Turks: a Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2005.

Vernoit, Stephen. Occidentalism: Islamic Art in the 19th Century. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1997.

 

d. Ceramics, Glass, Metalwork, Woodwork and Lacquer

Alexander, David. The Arts of War: Arms and Armour of the 7th to 19th Centuries. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1992.

Allan, James W. and Brian Gilmour. Persian Steel: The Tanavoli Collection. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Allan, James W. Islamic Metalwork: The Nuhad Es-Said Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 1999.

Atasoy, Nurhan and Julian Raby. Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey. London: Alexandria Press and Thames and Hudson, 1989.

Atil, Esin. Ceramics from the World of Islam. Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1973.

Carboni, Stefano. Glass from Islamic Lands. London: Thames and Hudson in association with the al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum, 2001.

Carswell, John. Iznik Pottery. London: British Museum Press, 1998.

Grube, Ernst J., ed. Cobalt and Lustre: The First Centuries of Islamic Pottery. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1994.

Khalili, Nasser D., B. W. Robinson and Tim Stanley. Lacquer of the Islamic Lands. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1996.

Pancaroglu, Oya with Manijeh Bayani. Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection. Chicago and New Haven: Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, 2007.

Porter, Venetia. Islamic Tiles. London: British Museum Press, 1995.

Ward, Rachel. Islamic Metalwork. London: British Museum Press, 1993.

Watson, Oliver. Ceramics from Islamic Lands. London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.
 

e. Textiles, Costumes and Carpets

Atasoy, Nurhan, et al. Ipek: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets. London: Azimuth Editions, 2001.

Bailey, David A. and Gilane Tawadros, ed. Veil: Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art. London: Institute of International Visual Arts in association with Modern Art Oxford, 2003.

Baker, Patricia L., Hülya Tezcan and Jennifer Wearden. Silks for the Sultans: Ottoman Imperial Garments from Topkapi Palace. Istanbul: Ertug and Kocabiyik, 1996.

Ellis, Marianne and Jennifer Wearden. Ottoman Embroidery. London: V&A Publications, 2001.

Ellis, Marianne. Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2002.

Paine, Sheila. Embroidery from India and Pakistan. London: British Museum Press, 2001.

_____. Embroidery from Afghanistan. London: British Museum Press, 2007.

Thompson, Jon. Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages and Workshops of Asia. London: Laurence King, 1993.

_____. Silk, Carpets and the Silk Road. Tokyo: NHK Culture Center, 1998.

_____. Silk: 13th to 18th Centuries. Treasures from the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar. Doha and London: National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage in conjunction with the Islamic Art Society, 2004.

_____. Milestones in the History of Carpets. Milan: Moshe Tabibnia Gallery, 2006.

Wearden, Jennifer. Oriental Carpets and their Structure: Highlights from the V&A Collection. London: V&A Publications, 2003.

Weir, Shelagh. Embroidery from Palestine. London: British Museum Press, 2007.
 

f. Specialised Islamic Art Journals

Ars Orientalis: the Arts of Islam and the East. Washington, DC: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1954-Present.

HALI: the International Journal of Oriental Carpets and Textiles. London: Oguz Press, 1978-Present.

Islamic Art: an Annual Dedicated to the Art and Culture of the Muslim World. New York: Islamic Art Foundation, 1981-1991, 2005. Islamic Art, Supplement I.

Muqarnas: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983-Present. Available on JSTOR.

 

g. Regional Studies: Art and Architecture

Adahl, Karin and Berit Sahlström, ed. Islamic Art and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa. Uppsala: Almqvist and Wiksell, 1995.

Barrucand, Marianne, ed. L’Egypte Fatimide: Son Art et Son Histoire. Actes du Colloque organisé à Paris les 28, 29 et 30 mai 1998. Paris: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1999.

Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction. Leiden: Brill, 1989.

Behrens-Abouseif, Doris with photographs by Muhammad Yusuf. The Minarets of Cairo.

Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1985.

_____. Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of the Architecture and its Culture. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.

Bloom, Jonathan M. Arts of the City Victorious: Islamic Art and Architecture in Fatimid North Africa and Egypt. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007.

Canby, Sheila R. Safavid Art and Architecture. London: British Museum Press, 2002.

Dodds, Jerrilynn D., ed. Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.

Fathy, Hassan. Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1973.

Flood, Finbarr Barry. The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Umayyad Visual Culture. Leiden: Brill, 2001.

Grabar, Oleg; with contributions by Mohammad al-Asad, Abeer Audeh and Said Nuseibeh. The Shape of the Holy: Early Islamic Jerusalem. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996.

Hillenbrand, Robert, ed. The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held in Edinburgh in 1982. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 1994.

Koch, Ebba. The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006.

Necipoglu, Gülru. Architecture, Ceremonial and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. New York and Cambridge, MA: Architectural History Foundation and MIT Press, 1991.

_____. The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture: Topkapi Palace Museum Library Ms H 195. Santa Monica, CA: Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1995.

_____. The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire. London: Reaktion Books, 2005.

Raby, Julian, ed. The Art of Syria and the Jazirainfo-icon, 1100 - 1250. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Raby, Julian and Jeremy Johns, ed. Bayt Al-Maqdis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992 - 1999.

Rosen-Ayalon, Myriam. The Early Islamic Monuments of al-Haram al-Sharifinfo-icon: An Iconography Study. Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989.

Welch, Stuart Cary. India: Art and Culture, 1300 - 1900. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985.

 

h. Seals, Talismans, Astrology and Jewellery

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997.

Content, Derek J., ed. Islamic Rings and Gems: The Benjamin Zucker Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers, 1987.

Edson, E. and Emilie Savage-Smith. Medieval Views of the Cosmos. Oxford: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2004.

Jenkins, Marilyn and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983.

Kalus, Ludvik. Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.

Savage-Smith, Emilie et al. Science, Tools and Magic. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1997.

Savage-Smith, Emilie; with a chapter on iconography by Andrea P. A. Belloli. Islamicate Celestial Globes: Their History, Construction and Use. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985.

Wenzel, Marian. Ornament and Amulet: Rings of the Islamic Lands. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1993.

 

i. Reference Works and Theoretical Studies

Ådahl, Karin and Mikael Ahlund, ed. Islamic Art Collections: an International Survey. Richmond: Curzon, 2000.

Allen, Terry. Five Essays on Islamic Art. Sebastopol, CA: Solipsist Press, 1988.

Bloom, Jonathan M. Paper before Print: the History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001.

al-Qaddumi, Ghada al-Hijjawa, tr. Book of Gifts and Rarities: Kitab al-Hadaya wa al-Tuhaf, Selections Compiled in the Fifteenth Century from an Eleventh Century Manuscript on Gifts and Treasures. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. Beauty in Arabic Culture. Princeton, NJ: Markus Weiner, 1999.

Leaman, Oliver. Islamic Aesthetics: an Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Ruggles, D. Fairchild, ed. Women, Patronage and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2000.

Shalem, Avinoam. Islam Christianized: Islamic Portable Objects in the Medieval Church Treasuries of the Latin West. Frankfurt and Main: Peter Lang, 1996.

Vernoit, Stephen, ed. Discovering Islamic Art: Scholars, Collectors and Collections, 1850-1950. London: I. B. Tauris, 2000.