The Making of the Islamic Heritage

Every time I start a book review I ask myself why I bought the book. In this case, I think I had been intrigued by the name, and I decided to 'buy' it once I realized it could be downloaded for free (legally), without me chasing the publisher to have a review copy. The full … Continue reading The Making of the Islamic Heritage

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“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