the arab contribution to islamic art: from the seventh to the fifteenth centuries
Islamic civilization represents one of the richest and most prolific phases in the cultural history of humanity. Yet it did not generate serious and widespread interest in the West until the beginning of the twentieth century, when art historians and archaeologists began to analyze and evaluate it from their own point of view and according to their own esthetics. This book attempts to appraise the early periods of Islamic art within its own cultural framework and according to Islamic esthetics. It places the development of Islamic art during the early periods within its historical context and social and political environment. It emphasizes the role the Arabs played in the way they molded their culture with that of the conquered peoples and brought about Islamic civilization.
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Aghlabid al-Andalus al-Azhar al-Hakim Mosque al-Hamra Almohads Almoravids Andalusian animals Arab arabesque arches architecture artistic Baghdad bands became Berber building built Byzantine cAbbasid cAbd al-Rahman Cairo calligraphy carved CENTURY COURTESY ceramics Christian coins columns court COURTESY OF MUSEUM courtyard covered culture decoration dinars dome dynasty early Egypt eighth century eleventh century empire facade Fatimid FREER GALLERY Fustat garden geometric glass gold Granada Harun al-Rashid inscriptions Iran Iranian Iraq Islamic art Islamic world ivory JORDAN kings Kufic script LEGADO ANDALUS lusterware Madinat al-Zahra marble Mashhad meters mihrab minaret minbar mosaics Mosque of Cordoba Mosque of Damascus motifs Mucawiya Muhammad muqarnas MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC musicians Muslims Nasrid ninth century North Africa palace period pieces pottery prayer hall Prophet Qayrawan qibla Qur'an Qusayr cAmra reign rock crystal royal rulers Samarra Sassanian shape silk silver Spain stone stucco style stylized Syria Taifa textiles treasury Tulunid vegetal WALL PAINTING