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Islamic Dynasties Chart

The Islamic Dyansties

This schematic chart provides a simplified picture of the political complexities of certain periods. (Large parts of Central Asia, China, South-east Asia and Africa have been omitted.)     islamic dynasties gallery for…

Cordoba (Spain), Prayer hall of the Great Mosque

Al-Andalus: The Orient in the West

In 711 the Arabs (in the Iberian Peninsula, “Arab” and “Muslim” are synonyms) arrived in the western-most territory of Mediterranean Europe. Within a short time, after very few battles and some sieges that were nearly all solved through negotiations, the Arabs provoked the collapse of the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo, and incorporated what has since then been known as al-Andalus, the political territory under Muslim Arab dominance, into dar al-Islam.

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Safavid Palaces

Most of the palaces, pavilions, and villas built in the Safavid period have not survived. Many were destroyed, especially during the Afghan conquest of Isfahan in 1722. Others were neglected and left to…

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The Farjam Collection of Islamic Art

The Farjam Collection is one of the most impressive privately-owned collections in the world today. Featuring Islamic and pre-Islamic art, Contemporary Middle-Eastern art and International Modern and Contemporary Art, the Collection is born…

Science and Islam – a BBC documentary

Science and Islam – a BBC documentary

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th…

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Through the lens of Peter Sanders

All Photographs by Peter Sanders © 2012 PETER SANDERS PHOTOGRAPHY LTD  Makkah Madinah   Saudi Arabia   Jerusalem   Turkey   Spain   Morocco   Iran   China   Japan   Malaysia  …

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

One of the great feelings I experience at the Brooklyn Museum is when I see a true connection between the Library and art collections here. This connection was felt recently at a public…

DOME IN IRANIAN ARCHITECTURE

The Sasanian and early Islamic periods The dome on squinches first appeared in Persia in the Sasanian period in the palace at Fîrûzâbâd (q.v.) in Fârs and at nearby Qal´a-ye Dokhtar, both erected…

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan by Flandin, Eugene-Napoleon

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan; Ispahan, Meidan-i-Shah

The wide expanse of the Maydan was created as a polo ground by Shah Abbas soon after he moved his capital to Ispahan in the early 1600s. On the far side is the…

Cairo, street and mosque near the citadel. Count Atnadeo Preziosi,C1850

Domestic Culture of Cities in the Middle East (16th to 19th century)

This article invites the reader to enter and enjoy wealthy urban homes in Turkey, Egypt and Iran between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. This was a period of flourishing traditional culture and also of…

10th Century Bowl

The Met Says ‘Open Sesame’

In New York, the glories of Islamic art are laid before the world. A gorgeous salad-bowl-size ceramic dazzles the eye upon entry. The bowl suggests a highly refined and thoughtful curatorial choice as…

Dish with stylized vegetal decoration. Iran, Kirman (?), second half of the 17th century Stonepaste, underglaze painted and colored slip decoration H. 8.2 cm; Max. Diam. 47 cm; Base Diam. 27 cm.

Safavid Ceramics and Tiles

The complex history of Safavid ceramics is due in part to the geographical position of Persia, placed as it was between the Ottoman Empire, the lands of Uzbek rulers, the Mughal empire and…

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