Islamic Inscriptions

Islamic Inscriptions

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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 Eastshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 1,082g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 line drawings, 50 photographs, bibliography, further reading
  • 0748609032
  • 9780748609031

Table of contents

Part I Introduction: why read inscriptions. Part II Monumental inscriptions: the languages used for monumental inscriptions; foundation inscriptions; other types of monumental inscriptions; regional studies; inscriptions on various building types; stylistics development. Part III Inscriptions on portable objects: metalwares; woodwork; ceramics; textiles; other arts; types of objects; recording an inscription.show more

About Professor Sheila S. Blair

Sheila S. Blair is the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College.show more

Review quote

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

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