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The Iconography of Islamic Art


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Preface List of Illustrations 1. Birds and Blessings: A Kohl-Pot from Jerusalem Sylvia Auld 2. Remarks on the Iconography of the Medieval Capitals of Cairo: Form and Emplacement Marianne Barrucand 3. A Mongol Envoy Sheila S. Blair 4. Almoravid Geometric Designs in the Pavement of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo Jonathan M. Bloom 5. A Kingly Posture: The Iconography of Sultan Husayn Bayqara Barbara Brend 6. Musical Beasts: The Swan-Pheonix in the Ibn Bakhtishu' Bestiaries Anna Contadini 7. Cup, Branch, Bird and Fish: An Iconographical Study of the Figure Holding a Cup and a Branch Flanked by a Bird and a Fish Abbas Daneshvari 8. Islamic Incense Burners and the Influence of Buddhist Art Geza Fehervari 9. Vine Ornament and Pomegranates as Palace Decoration in 'Anjar Barbara Finster 10. Persianate Trends in Sultanate Architecture: The Great Mosque of Bada'un Finbarr Barry Flood 11. Silks, Pots and Jugs: Al-Jahiz and Objects of Common Use Oleg Grabar 12. Khusrau Parviz as Champion of Shi'ism? A Closer Look at Early Safavid Miniature Painting in the Royal Museum of Edinburgh Ulrike al-Khamis 13. 'Waves of the Sea': Responses to Marble in Written Sources (9th-15th Century) Marcus Milwright 14. The Arboreal Aesthetic: Landscape, Painting and Architecture from Mongol Iran to Mamluk Egypt Bernard O'Kane 15. The Vicissitudes of Rustam B. W. Robinson 16. Made for the Show: The Medieval Treasury of the Ka'ba in Mecca Avinoam Shalem 17. A Pictorial Representation of the Hadith al-Thaqalayn in an Ilkhanid Copy of Bal'ami's Tarjuma-yi Tabari in the Freer Gallery Raya Y. Shani 18. Style versus Substance: the Christian Iconography on Two Vessels Made for the Ayyubid Sultan al-Salih Ayyub Rachel Ward Bibliography of Robert Hillenbrand's works

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Bernard O'Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of Timurid Architecture in Khurasan (1987), Studies in Persian Art and Architecture (1996) and Early Persian Painting (2003); and the editor of Treasures of Islamic Art in the Museums of Cairo (2006).


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