This beautifully illustrated volume examines various aspects of Islamic art, some of which are rarely discussed. Under "The Rise of Islam," Bloom and Blair (coauthors of The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800) write about the important Umayyad and Abbasid buildings, weaving, and "pots, pans, and pitchers." They recognize the overwhelming importance of calligraphy in Islamic art and devote a chapter to it in each of the major sections, which are organized historically. The major centers and local dynasties are also covered, albeit sometimes briefly. In a book that attempts coverage of a long period of time and a wide geographic area, it is delightful to find in-depth discussions of important issues and some refreshingly original insights. The maps, dynastic charts, and key-dates section will be important aids to the nonspecialist. Clearly written to carry the reader along at a fast pace, this volume is one of the best and most comprehensive books on the subject. Highly recommended. - Library Journal

Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair (used)

$5.00Price
  • Phaidon Press 1997

    Used paperback in very good condition

    447 pages

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