From the supreme confidence of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to the scores of exquisite buildings of Ottoman Istanbul; from the extraordinary virtuosity of Persian painting in the fifteenth century to the vivid ceramic tradition of Ottoman Iznik—Hillenbrand does justice to both the highlights and the ongoing evolution of the full range of Islamic arts. Supported by a glossary of Islamic terms, a time line, and maps, this book traces the architecture, calligraphy, book illumination, painting, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork of a vastly accomplished and influential civilization.
Robert Hillenbrand attended the universities of Cambridge and Oxford and has taught at the University of Edinburgh since 1971. He is now an honorary professorial fellow. His other books include Imperial Images in Persian Painting, Islamic Architecture in North Africa (coauthor), and the prize-winning Islamic Architecture: Form, Function, and Meaning.