“The Theory of Islamic Art”, by I. M. Hanash

I. M. Hanash, The Theory of Islamic Art, Aesthetic Concept and Epistemic Structure, The International Institute of Islamic Thought, London - Washington 2017. When dealing with Islamic art, it is good, from time to time, to step back, and look at the bigger picture. Going from the particular - the object studied - to the general - what … Continue reading “The Theory of Islamic Art”, by I. M. Hanash

“The Representation of Islam in British Museums”, by I. Heath

I. Heath, The Representation of Islam in British Museums, Archaeopress, Oxford 2007. The book can be purchased on Archaeopress website. According to the Collins English Dictionary Online, a museum is "a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied". This definition is pretty neutral, not considering how a … Continue reading “The Representation of Islam in British Museums”, by I. Heath

“Lost Islamic History”, by F. Alkhateeb

F. Alkhateeb, Lost Islamic History. Reclaiming Muslim Civilization from the Past, Hurst & Company, London 2014. Lost Islamic History is a famous blog, greatly followed by people interested in the history of Islam and of Muslim communities through ages. It is not specialized in one particular topic, and actually it provides information on different subjects, from … Continue reading “Lost Islamic History”, by F. Alkhateeb

“Writing as material practice: substance, surface and medium”, ed. by Piquette and Whitehouse

K. E. Piquette and R. D. Whitehouse (eds.), Writing as Material Practice: Substance, surface and medium, Ubiquity Press, London 2013. The book is fully downloadable in various formats via Ubiquity Press website. Writing and the art of writing in the field of Islamic studies has always enjoyed a special place: Arabic calligraphy is fascinating and inscriptions … Continue reading “Writing as material practice: substance, surface and medium”, ed. by Piquette and Whitehouse

Must read for studying Islamic epigraphy (open access…of course)

When dealing with inscriptions some sources need to be read... an epigraphist, an amateur, a curious, in fact everyone interested in any level in the study of Islamic epigraphy should read some books, just as someone who likes English literature need to read Shakespeare. Thankfully, the World Wide Web provides us with sources otherwise available … Continue reading Must read for studying Islamic epigraphy (open access…of course)