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Art, Trade, and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond

From the Fatimids to the Mughals

The essays in this book trace a rich continuum of artistic exchange that occurred between successive Islamic dynasties from the twelfth through nineteenth centuries—as well as the influence of Islamic art during that time on cultures as far away as China, Armenia, India, and Europe. Taking advantage of recent technologies that allow new ways of peering into the pasts of art objects, the authors break new ground in their exploration of the art and architecture of the Islamic world.
The essays range across a variety of topics. These include a look at tile production during the reign of the Qaytbay, the book bindings associated with Qansuh al-Ghuri, and the relationship between Mamluk metalwork and that found in Rasulid Yemen and Italy. Several essays examine inscriptions found on buildings of the Fatimid, Mamluk, and Ottoman periods, and others look at the debt of European lacquer works to Persian craftsmen, the Armenian patrons of eighteenth-century Chinese exports, and the influences of Islam on art and architecture found all across India. The result is a sweeping but deeply researched look at one of the richest networks of artistic traditions the world has ever known.  

224 pages | 115 color plates, 60 halftones | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 | © 2016

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"Without a doubt, Art, Trade, and Culture in the Islamic World and Beyond will prove a major resource for scholars and students of Islamic art for years to come. Besides the vast range of topics covered, the volume’s large format, crisp layout, and lavish color illustrations make for a truly stunning product. The first publication in the Gingko Library Art Series, this beautiful volume makes for a big splash—and augurs the Gingko Library’s ascent as a major publisher of Islamic art and architecture."

Dr. Christiane Jacqueline Gruber, Associate Professor of Islamic Art, History of Art Department, University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nasser David Khalili
Foreword by the Editors
Publications by Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Part 1 Metalwork
Moya Carey- Traces of Mosul: An Inlaid Brass Pen Box in the V&A
Nikolaos Vryzidis- the Second Life of a Mamluk Lamp from Saint John the Theologian Monastery, Patnis and the Oral Tradition Attached to It
Rachel Ward- Mean or Green? Mamluk Vessels Recycled for the Rasulid Sultans

Part 2 Architecture
Benard O’Kane and Baha Shehab- The Mausoleum of Yahya al-Shabih Revisited
Jeremy Johns- A Tale of Two Ceilings: the Cappella Palatina in Palermo and the Mouchroutas in Constantinople
Helen Philon- Mahmud Gawan’s Madrasa in Bidar: A Unique Architectural Transplant from the Timurid World to the Deccan
Bora Keskiner- The Octagonal Kufic Inscription in the Qartawiyya Madrasa and Its Counterpart in the Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Ünver Güstem-Victory in the Making: the Symbolism of Istanbul’s Nusretiye Mosque
Mehmet Baha Tanman- The Spiritual and Mystical Dimensions of the Hamam in Turkish Bathing Culture
Alyson Wharton-Durgaryan- ‘I Understood that He Is Entrusted to Serve Some Great Business Undertaking’: Armenian Architects Reshaping the Ottoman East in the Hamidian Era (1876-1909)

Par 3 Ceramics
Scott Redford- The Shelf Life of Port Sainnt Symeon Ceramics: Evidence from Kinet Höyük
Rosalind Wade Haddon- Trade and Innovation Seen through Mamluk, Ilkhanid, and Golden Horde Imitation Celadon Wares
Sami de Giosa- Decorative Tiles in Egypt and Greater Syria during the Reign of Sultan Qaytbay (r. 1468-1496)
Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu- Representation of Lyrical Beauty: the Image of a Courteasan at the Topkapi Palace in the Seventeenth century
George Manginis- Armenian Patrons for Chinese Commodities: Trade Networks and Cultural Exchange across Asia
Melane Gibson- Colouring the Surface: A Taste for ‘Persian’ Tiles in English Domestic Architecture, 1870-1914

Part 4. Book Arts and Painting
Mehreen Chida-Razvi- A Sultan Before the Padshah? Questioning the Identification of the Turbaned Figure in Jahangir Preferring a Sufi Shaykh to Kings
Alison Ohta- The Bindings of Qansuh al-Ghawri
J.M. Rogers- ‘A Sacred Tree’: A Paper Collage in the Khalili Collection
Malini Roy- Historical Portraits of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir I (r. 1658-1707)

Part 5 Material Culture
Javad Golmohammadi- the Art of Iranian Decorative Veneer, Khātam-kāri
Maria Sardi- Swimming across the Weft: Fish Motifs on Mamluk Textiles
Tim Stanley- Double Orientalism: European Lacquer and its Unackowledged Debt to Iran


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