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Islamic Inscriptions

Sheila S. Blair

Hardback (Printed to Order)
A vital reference for everyone interested in Islamic inscriptions on buildings, objects and works of art. This beautifully illustrated book explains the importance of Islamic inscriptions and places them expertly in their historical and cultural context. It shows you how to decipher and interpret inscriptions and provides a standard for recording them. In addition, a fully annotated bibliography provides further reading on all aspects of Islamic epigraphy. Winner of the British Kuwait Friendship Society Al-Mubarak Prize 1999 for the best academic work on the Middle East

About the Author

Sheila S. Blair is the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art and the Boston College and Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art, Virginia Commonwealth University.


The first intelligent and concise introduction to Islamic inscriptions and their significance for our understanding of Islamic history and culture ... a rich treat.
- Marianna Shreve Simpson, Walters Art Gallery
A scholarly survey of Islamic inscriptions, well researched and written, with rich references and diverse illustrations.
- Brannon M Wheeler
This is an extremely useful and valuable book, based on a remarkably wide knowledge of the very extensive literature.