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Dar al Hajar

Dar al Hajar – The Rock House

There are a fair number of countries which can be identified by a single iconic landmark. When one thinks of France, the image of the Eiffel Tower often comes to mind. Dar al…

Sheikh Zayed Mosque - islamic-arts.org

Arches of Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a heaven for photographers. A simple google search will reveal stunning images of the mosque with enough detail to write numerous blog posts. However this is just a…

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Coins of Abd al-Malik

These two dinar coins sum up one of the greatest political and religious upheavals ever – the permanent transformation of the Middle East in the years following the death of the Prophet Muhammad….

Damascus Room:  Panoramic photo by Dov Friedman/WSJ

Exploring the Damascus Room

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened the museum’s Islamic art galleries to display roughly 1,200 works spanning 13 centuries and dozens of Islamic-influenced cultures. One highlight is the Damascus Room, a 26-foot-long…

The House of Wisdom Baghdad

From Cuneiform to Topkapi

In the Islamic world, where reading and literacy have always been highly prized for the access they provide to the word of God and the world of knowledge, books were objects of both…

Exquisitely worked with filigree and granulation, two Yemeni amulet cases hark back to pre-Islamic folk traditions.

Silver Speaks

Throughout the Middle East, Silver, jewellery speaks about the lives of women and girls and the talents of artisans. It provides a window into social status, religion, regional identities and changing lives in…

Minbar (pulpit) formerly in the Qutubia mosque. From Cordoba, Spain, 1137, Almoravid period. Detail of the marquetry on the sides of the minbar. Cedar wood, ebony and ivory, H:3,86 m

The Masterpiece Minbar

Until relatively recent times, wooden furniture—in the sense of tables and chairs was little known in traditional Islamic societies. Throughout the warm and dry lands of North Africa, the Middle East, India and Central…

Reflection of Shibam - "Manhattan of the desert"

Old Walled City of Shibam

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise…

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Sana’a Rising – “a Venice built on sand.”

In mid-February 1978, on my first morning in Sana‘a, I woke up before first light. Illuminated by the flame of a single bedside candle, the undulating overhead ceiling beams, plastered in white gypsum,…

Design for the elevation of a wall of the picture gallery, Leighton House, George Aitchison, 1895. SC124/4 © RIBA Library Drawings Collection

London’s Arab Hall

“…The Arab Hall in this fine house, without being at all like the Al-hambra in detail, gives the grand impression which Eastern art awakes in many minds.” An English vicar’s wife was so…

Tile with Arabic inscription, Iran, about 1215. Museum no. 1481-1876

Calligraphy in Islamic art – beyond pen and paper

The development of sophisticated calligraphy as an art form is not unique to Islamic culture. Other examples include Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and illuminated bibles from north-west Europe including the famous Book of…

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…

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