The Islamic World: A History in Objects - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Islamic World: A History in Objects

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'Beautifully conceived, designed and produced … absorbing, inspiring, at times surprising, and consistently illuminating' - Art Quarterly

A beautiful illustrated global history of the Islamic world told through art objects drawn from the British Museum's collection.

Told in six chapters, arranged both chronologically and thematically, and richly enhanced with outstanding images, it provides an illuminating insight into the material culture produced from West Africa to Southeast Asia through art and artefacts, people and places. From pre-Islamic works that provided a foundation for the arts of Islam to masterpieces produced under the great empires and objects that continue to be made today, this expansive survey traces the development of civilizations at the forefront of philosophical and scientific ideas, artistic and literary developments, and technological innovations, exploring a wealth of cultural treasures along the way.

Texts are accompanied by a wide variety of objects, including architectural decoration, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, calligraphy, textiles, musical instruments, coins, illustrated manuscripts, and modern and contemporary art, all of which shed new light on the Islamic world both past and present. This book will inspire and inform anyone interested in one of the most influential and diverse cultures of the world.

  • Author: Ladan Akbarnia, Curator, Islamic Collections and Arts of the Book
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 400 illustrations
  • Date published: October 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500480403
  • Product Dimensions: 24.0 x 17.0 cm

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