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Treasures of Islam : artistic glories of the Muslim world

Author: Bernard O'Kane
Publisher: London : Duncan Baird ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Sterling Pub., 2007.
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Explores the impact of Islam on the cultural heritage of diverse communities around the world, focusing on how works of art and architecture have been influenced and inspired by Islamic traditions, beliefs, and practices.
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Genre/Form: History
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O'Kane, Bernard.
Treasures of Islam.
London : Duncan Baird ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Sterling Pub., 2007
(OCoLC)609321093
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard O'Kane
ISBN: 9781844834839 1844834832 9781844834464 1844834468
OCLC Number: 173904745
Description: 224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 31 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Art and faith --
1. Origins: a gift from God --
The crucible : the age of the Prophet --
No deity but God : the faith of submission --
2. The empire of Islam : the Umayyads and 'Abbasids --
Inheritors of Byzantium : the Umayyad Caliphate --
Special feature : The Dome of the Rock : a mysterious masterpiece --
The GoIden Age : the ʻAbbasids and their vassals --
3. Imams, princes, and Sultans : rivals of the 'Abbasids --
Shiʼism triumphant : the Fatimid Caliphate --
Lords of the citadel : the Ayyubids --
Special feature : Illuminating the Quran : the glorious word of God --
From slaves to sultans : the Mamluks --
Special feature : Sultan Hasan, Cairo : building to impress --
4. Fusion in the west : Iberia and the Maghreb --
Spirit of coexistence : the Umayyads in Spain --
Lords of the Maghreb : Almoravids, Almohads, and Marinids --
Iberian twilight : the Nasrids in Spain --
Special feature : The Alhambra : last bastion of Muslim Spain --
Mud mosques of the desert : Sub-Saharan Africa --
5. Sultan and Shah : Iran and Central Asia --
Iran for the Iranians : the Samanids and Buyids --
Iran for the Turks : the Ghaznavids and Seljuks --
Special feature : Seljuk ceramics and metalwork : riches of the earth --
Heirs of Chingis Khan : the coming of the Mongols --
Special feature : Siyah Qalam : the master of the black pen --
Lords of Samarqand : Timur and his successors --
Special feature : Persian manuscript : Painting : the art of the book --
The shahs of Isfahan : the glories of Safavid Iran --
Special feature : Isfahan : the splendor of "half the world" --
6. Principality to empire : Islam in Anatolia --
Sultans of rum : the Seljuks in Anatolia --
Imperial splendor : the glories of the Ottomans --
Special feature : Selimiye mosque : Sinan's architectural paradise --
7. Overlords of the Orient : South Asia and the Far East --
Islam in India : the Delhi Sultanate --
Conflict and coexistence : the Mughals --
Special feature : The Taj Mahal : imperial monument to love --
A wind in the East : Islam in China and Southeast Asia --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index --
Acknowledgments and picture credits.
Responsibility: [Bernard O'Kane].

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Islam became a truly global religion, taking root among a hugely diverse range of peoples and cultures. This work is a historical and cultural overview of one of the world's great religions, bringing  Read more...

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