People have been searching for meaning in Islamic art for centuries. Newly available in paperback, this book explores the iconography of Islamic art, presenting a diverse range of approaches to the subject. Despite this variety, there is an overarching theme: the linking of the interpretation of objects to textual sources. This results in a collection of in-depth studies of motifs as diverse as the peacock, trees, and the figure holding a cup and branch. In addition, new interpretations are presented of other objects, such as an Abuyyid metal basin or Mongol paintings. Textual sources on the Ka'ba or the use of marble provide a starting point for the examination of objects and their relationship to history. The architectural decoration of monuments from Egypt to India is analysed, and Arab and Safavid paintings are mined for meaning. Links with Christian elements in Sicily or Buddhist stupas are appraised. Generously illustrated throughout, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in Islamic art, architecture and iconography.
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Bernard O'Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo.
"The reader will be delighted with this study, which as been produced by a group of experts in an exquisitely and extensively illustrated book." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies "The reader will be delighted with this study, which as been produced by a group of experts in an exquisitely and extensively illustrated book."
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Descrizione libro EUP, 2005. Hardback. Condizione libro: NEW. 9780748620906 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Codice libro della libreria HTANDREE0150224
Descrizione libro Edinburgh University Press, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0748620907