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God is the light of the heavens and the earth : light in Islamic art and culture

Author: Jonathan Bloom; Sheila Blair
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, in association with Qatar Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Qur'an makes rich references to light, tying it to revelation, and light consequently permeates the culture and visual arts of the Islamic lands. This book explores the integral role of light in Islamic civilization across a wide range of media, from the Qur'an and literature to buildings, paintings, performances, photography, and other works produced over the past 14 centuries. A team of international experts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Bloom; Sheila Blair
ISBN: 9780300215281 0300215282
OCLC Number: 909251637
Language Note: In English with some Arabic.
Notes: "This volume, the latest in a series based on the Hamad bin Khalifa Biennial Symposia on Islamic Art and Culture, presents written versions of the lectures delivered in Palermo, Sicily, from 9-11 November 2013"--Page 3.
Description: xi, 357 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword / Joseph H. Seipel --
Introduction : light in Islamic art and culture / Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair --
My art and light / Shirin Neshat --
Light in the Qur'an and early Islamic exegesis / William A. Graham --
Light and dark : the "checkered history" of early optics / Elaheh Kheirandish --
The uses of light in Islamic architecture / Robert Hillenbrand --
Facets of light : the case of rock crystals / Anna Contadini --
Pottery and light / Oliver Watson --
Light in Persian poetry / Wheeler M. Thackston --
The management of light in Persian painting / Barbara Brend --
The delight and amiability of light in Mamluk architecture / Abdallah Kahil --
By the light of the sun of Jahangir / Susan Stronge --
Illuminating Ottoman ceremonial / Hakan Karateke --
The power of "light-drawing" : on the uses of photography in Qajar Iran / Ali Behdad.
Responsibility: edited by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair.

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