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The Iconography of Islamic Art

Studies in Honour of Robert Hillenbrand

Edited by Bernard O'Kane

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People have been searching for meaning in Islamic art for centuries. This generously illustrated book explores the iconography of Islamic art from an illuminating range of perspectives.

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List of Illustrations
1. Birds and Blessings: A Kohl-Pot from Jerusalem
Sylvia Auld
2. Remarks on the Iconography of the Medieval Capitals of Cairo: Form and Emplacement
Marianne Barrucand
3. A Mongol Envoy
Sheila S. Blair
4. Almoravid Geometric Designs in the Pavement of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo
Jonathan M. Bloom
5. A Kingly Posture: The Iconography of Sultan Husayn Bayqara
Barbara Brend
6. Musical Beasts: The Swan-Pheonix in the Ibn Bakhtishu' Bestiaries
Anna Contadini
7. Cup, Branch, Bird and Fish: An Iconographical Study of the Figure Holding a Cup and a Branch Flanked by a Bird and a Fish
Abbas Daneshvari
8. Islamic Incense Burners and the Influence of Buddhist Art
Geza Fehervari
9. Vine Ornament and Pomegranates as Palace Decoration in 'Anjar
Barbara Finster
10. Persianate Trends in Sultanate Architecture: The Great Mosque of Bada'un
Finbarr Barry Flood
11. Silks, Pots and Jugs: Al-Jahiz and Objects of Common Use
Oleg Grabar
12. Khusrau Parviz as Champion of Shi'ism? A Closer Look at Early Safavid Miniature Painting in the Royal Museum of Edinburgh
Ulrike al-Khamis
13. 'Waves of the Sea': Responses to Marble in Written Sources (9th-15th Century)
Marcus Milwright
14. The Arboreal Aesthetic: Landscape, Painting and Architecture from Mongol Iran to Mamluk Egypt
Bernard O'Kane
15. The Vicissitudes of Rustam
B. W. Robinson
16. Made for the Show: The Medieval Treasury of the Ka'ba in Mecca
Avinoam Shalem
17. A Pictorial Representation of the Hadith al-Thaqalayn in an Ilkhanid Copy of Bal'ami's Tarjuma-yi Tabari in the Freer Gallery
Raya Y. Shani
18. Style versus Substance: the Christian Iconography on Two Vessels Made for the Ayyubid Sultan al-Salih Ayyub
Rachel Ward
Bibliography of Robert Hillenbrand's works.

About the Author

Bernard O’Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Timurid Architecture in Khurasan (1987), Studies in Persian Art and Architecture (1996) and Early Persian Painting (2003); and the editor of Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo (2006).


The reader will be delighted with this study, which as been produced by a group of experts in an exquisitely and extensively illustrated book.
- British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies