The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800

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Yale University Press, 1995 - 368 pages

Virtually all the masterpieces of Islamic art--the Alhambra, the Taj Mahal, and the Tahmasp Shahnama--were produced during the period from the Mongol conquests in the early thirteenth century to the advent of European colonial rule in the nineteenth. This beautiful book surveys the architecture and arts of the traditional Islamic lands during this era.


Conceived as a sequel to The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250, by Richard Ettinghausen and Oleg Grabar, the book follows the general format of the first volume, with chronological and regional divisions and architecture treated separately from the other arts. The authors describe over two hundred works of Islamic art of this period and also investigate broader social and economic contexts, considering such topics as function, patronage, and meaning. They discuss, for example, how the universal caliphs of the first six centuries gave way to regional rulers and how, in this new world order, Iranian forms, techniques, and motifs played a dominant role in the artistic life of most of the Muslim world; the one exception was the Maghrib, an area protected from the full brunt of the Mongol invasions, where traditional models continued to inspire artists and patrons. By the sixteenth century, say the authors, the eastern Mediterranean under the Ottomans and the area of northern India under the Mughals had become more powerful, and the Iranian models of early Ottoman and Mughal art gradually gave way to distinct regional and imperial styles. The authors conclude with a provocative essay on the varied legacies of Islamic art in Europe and the Islamic lands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

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Contents

Introduction I
1
The Arts in Iran and Central Asia under the Ilkhanids and their
21
Architecture in Iran and Central Asia under the Timurids and their
37
The Arts in Iran and Central Asia under the Timurids and their
55
Architecture in Egypt under the Bahri Mamluks 12601389
70
Architecture in Egypt Syria and Arabia under the Circassian Mamluks
85
The Arts in Egypt and Syria under the Mamluks
97
Architecture and the Arts in the Maghrib under the Hafsids Marinids
114
Architecture and the Arts in Central Asia under the Uzbeks
199
Architecture under the Ottomans after the Conquest of Constantinople
213
The Arts under the Ottomans after the Conquest of Constantinople
231
Architecture and the Arts in Egypt and North Africa
251
Architecture in India under the Mughals and their Contemporaries in
The Arts in India under the Mughals and their Contemporaries in
9
The Legacies of Later Islamic Art 303
5
Notes 315

The Nasrids
124
Architecture and the Arts in Anatolia under the Beyliks and Early
132
Architecture and the Arts in India under the Sultanates
149
Architecture in Iran under the Safavids and Zands
183

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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom are area editors of Islam for The Dictionary of Art.

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