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Islamic Art Reading List

Below is a selection of recommended titles covering a range of more general reading about Islamic art.

  1. Akurgal, Ekrem (ed.), The Art and Architecture of Turkey, Oxford, 1980. ISBN. 0192114514
  2. Allen, Terry, Five Essays on Islamic Art, Sevastopol, 1988. ISBN. 0944940005
  3. Arts Council of Great Britain  The Arts of Islam, London, 1976. ISBN. 0728700816
  4. Aslanapa, Oktay, Turkish Art and Architecture, London, 1971. ISBN. 0571087817
  5. Atil, Esin, Art of the Arab World, Washington, D.C., 1975
  6. Atil, Esin (ed.), Turkish Art, Washington, D.C. and New York, 1980. ISBN. 0874742188
  7. Atil, Esin, Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks, Washington, D.C., 1981. ISBN. 0874742137
  8. Atil, Esin, The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, Washington, D.C., 1987. ISBN. 0894680986
  9. Atil, Esin (ed.), Islamic Art and Patronage: Treasures from Kuwait, New York, 1990. ISBN. 0847813665
  10. Baer, Eva, Islamic Ornament, Edinburgh, 1998. ISBN 0814713297
  11. Brend, Barbara, Islamic Art, London and Cambridge, Mass., 1991. ISBN. 067446866X
  12. Blair, Sheila S. and Bloom, Jonathan M., The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800, New Haven and London, 1994. ISBN. 0300064659
  13. Bloom, Jonathan M. and Blair, Sheila S., Islamic Arts, London, 1997. ISBN. 071483176X
  14. Bürgel, Johann Christoph, The Feather of Simurgh: The ‘Licit Magic’ of the Arts in Medieval Islam, New York, 1988. ISBN. 0814711022
  15. Canby, Sheila R., The Golden Age of Persian Art, 1501-1722, New York, 2000. ISBN 0810941449
  16. Contadini, Anna, Fatimid Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1998. ISBN. 1851771786
  17. Dodds, Jerrilynn (ed.),  Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain, New York, 1992. ISBN 0870996371
  18. Ecker, Heather, Caliphs and Kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain, Washington, D.C., 2004. ISBN. 029598421X
  19. Ettinghausen, Richard; Grabar, Oleg; and Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, The Art and Architecture of Islam, 650-1250 (revised ed.), New Haven, 2001. ISBN. 0300088698
  20. Falk, Toby (ed.), Treasures of Islam, London, 1985. ISBN. 0856671967
  21. Ferrier, R. W. (ed.), The Arts of Persia, New Haven, 1989. ISBN. 0300039875
  22. Folsach, Kjeld von, Art from the World of Islam in the David Collection, Copenhagen, 2001. ISBN. 8788464210
  23. Grabar, Oleg, The Formation of Islamic Art, New Haven and London, 1973 (revised ed., 1988). ISBN. 0300040466
  24. Hillenbrand, Robert (ed.), The Art of the Saljuqs in Iran and Anatolia, Costa Mesa, CA, 1994
  25. Hillenbrand, Robert, Islamic Art and Architecture, London, 1999. ISBN. 0500203059
  26. Irwin, Robert, Islamic Art in Context: Art, Architecture, and the Literary World, New York, 1997. ISBN. 0810927101
  27. Komaroff, Linda and Carboni, Stefano (eds.), The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353, New York and New Haven, 2002. ISBN. 0300096917
  28. Lentz, Thomas W. and Lowry, Glenn D., Timur and the Princely Vision: Persian Art and Culture in the Fifteenth Century, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, 1989. ISBN. 0874747066
  29. Pal, Pratapaditya (ed.), Islamic Art: The Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Joan Palevsky, Los Angeles, 1973. ISBN. 0875870562
  30. Petsopoulos, Yanni (ed.), Tulips, Arabesques and Turbans: Decorative Arts from the Ottoman Empire, London, 1982. ISBN. 0856671517
  31. Pope, Arthur Upham and Ackerman, Phyllis (eds.), A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, London and New York, 1938
  32. Rogers, J. M., Islamic Art and Design 1500-1700, London, 1983. ISBN. 0714114286
  33. Stanley, Tim, with Rosser-Owen, Mariam and Vernoit, Stephen, Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East, London, 2004. ISBN. 1851774300
  34. Thompson, Jon and Canby, Sheila R. (eds.), Hunt for Paradise: Court Arts of Safavid Iran, 1501-1576, Milan and New York, 2003. ISBN. 8884915902
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