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Islamic Arts and Crafts

An Anthology

Marcus Milwright

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A primary sourcebook for the study of traditional art and craft practices of the Islamic world

Islamic art is justly famed for its technological sophistication, varied approaches to ornament, and innovative employment of the written word. But what do we know about the skilled artisans who spent their lives designing and creating the paintings, objects and buildings that are so admired today?

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Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes for the Reader
Image and Text Acknowledgements
Introduction


Part 1: Foundations
1. Theoretical Formulations


Part 2: Human Dimensions
2. The Organisation of Labour
3. Rituals, Songs and Poems
4. Biographical Information
5. The Lives of Artisans and Artists


Part 3: Resources
6. Raw Materials
I: minerals
7. Raw Materials
II: plants
8. Raw Materials
III: animals
9. Mining and Metal Preparation
10. City Descriptions


Part 4: Inorganic Media
11. Copper
12. Iron and Steel
13. Other Metals: Gold, Silver and Tin
14. Pottery
15. Glass


Part 5: Organic Media
16. Wood
17. Basketry and Matting
18. Leather
19. Spinning, Bleaching and Dyeing
20. Weaving
21. Rugs, Carpets and Felt


Part 6: Writing and Painting
22. Papyrus and Paper
23. Calligraphy
24. Painting


Part 7: Architecture and Engineering
25. Building Techniques
26. Vaulting and Architectural Decoration
27. Engineering


Part 8: Economic Considerations
28. Recycling and Repair
29. Crafts in an Age of Competition and Change


Glossary
Names of Craft Activities in Arabic and Persian
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Marcus Milwright is Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada. He is the author of The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (2008), An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology (EUP, 2010) and The Dome of the Rock and it Umayyad Mosaic Inscriptions (EUP, 2016).

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'Marcus Milwright’s comprehensive book brings a welcome renewed focus on diverse artisans, techniques, and materials of Islamic arts. Scholars and students alike will benefit from the thoughtful introductory essays and a rich array of primary sources representing a vast chronological and geographic scope, which illuminates key issues in the field today.'

- Glaire D. Anderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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