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By Robert Hillenbrand

Covering 1000 years of background and a space stretching from the Atlantic to the borders of India and China, Robert Hillenbrand comprises the entire most modern discoveries and interpretations during this authoritative advisor to the humanities of Islam.

From the very best self assurance of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the ratings of beautiful structures of Ottoman Istanbul; from the intense virtuosity of Persian portray within the 15th century to the shiny ceramic culture of Ottoman Iznik―Hillenbrand does justice to either the highlights and the continued evolution of the entire variety of Islamic arts. Supported by means of a thesaurus of Islamic phrases, a time line, and maps, this booklet lines the structure, calligraphy, e-book illumination, portray, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork of a enormously entire and influential civilization.

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For surviving 'Abbasid architecture in Iraq one must turn to the palace ofUkhaidir, generally dated c. 775-6. Flamboyandy isolated, it evokes in equal measure the despotic and the pleasure loving character of" the dynasty. Despite the palace's gigantic size (175 169 m, its living quarters are cramped, therein perpetuating 574 554 ft Arab tradition: but its luxurious amenities and ceremonial aspect are strongly Persian in flavour, notably in the interplay oi iwatts and • • . 1 its name of'the its design looks 27 An Islamic aesthetic: all-over decoration.

Its facade was a free variation on the standard west front of Syrian churches. This T-shaped partition of the sanctuary was destined to have a long posterity in the mosques of the western Islamic secure a worship. lateral three, aisles world (see p. 186). Carved marble window grilles with elaborate geometrical patterns loosely inspired by late antique wall mosaics presage the enduring geometric bias of much Islamic ornament. Quartered marble, so cut that the veining oi the stone continues from one slab to the next, formed dados in typical Byzantine fashion.

Ao. A hunting scene linked to late antique rloor mosaics b\ theme and technique alike is transformed into a powerful allegory oi a world divided between Muslim and infidel. Here presumably sat the caliph, dispensing justice: reward on his right, punishment on ^" "'T I l'i his left. <" , ' "• —> r — 1 •* nothing of the dance, the bath and the hunt - in a remarkably Among several images in a more serious vein, some of them with Solomonic echoes as at Khirbat al-Mafjar (see below), a scene of six kings in submissive pose, identified by inscriptions as the monarchs of the earth, is especially notable.

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