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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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List of Figures
Notes for the Reader
Image and Text Acknowledgements

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

Names of Craft Activities in Arabic and Persian

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).


'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
'Marcus Milwright’s Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology illustrates his mastery of written sources as well as the diverse materials, processes, and objects they discuss. With substantial scholarly apparatus in the form of notes, bibliography, index, and appendix, it will help shape the growing field of Islamic material culture as well as that of Islamic art.'
- Amanda Phillips, University of Virginia, College Art Association Reviews

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