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The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet

by Brian Murphy

Wisdom of a Turkmen proverb.

The Root of Wild Madder opens with an invitation that flows from the same ancient inspiration. "A carpet is poetry itself," an Iranian carpet merchant declares to author Brian Murphy....


Early Ottoman Art: The Legacy of the Emirates

by Gönül Öney, Rahmi H. Ünal & Inci Kuyulu Ersoy

The apogee of Soliman's reign has for a long time obscured the various seminal disruptions brought into Anatolia by the precursors of the empire. Amongst these were the first Turkish emirates who took advantage...


Pilgrimage, Sciences and Sufism: Islamic Art in the West Bank and Gaza

by Mahmoud Hawari, Yusuf Natsheh & Nazmi al-Ju'beh

Throughout its entire history, Palestine has witnessed on its territory the convergence of the great Middle Eastern cultures. Besides the obvious destruction and devastation, this convergence enriched the region...


The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art

by Gazi Bisheh, Fawzi Zayadine & Mohammad al-Asad

Far from abolishing the freedom of local cults and undermining existing town plans, the Umayyads acknowledged the aesthetic language already in place on their arrival in Jordan (661), and re-invented its forms...


Mamluk Art. The Splendour and Magic of the Sultans

by Abdullah Abdel Hamid El-Attar, Salah El-Bahnasi & Mohamed Abd El-Aziz

From slaves to sultans, the history of the Mamluks is one of a prodigious rise to power, an epic worthy of a place alongside the most exciting of adventure novels. Palace uprisings, bloody intrigues, murders,...


The Stone Lions

by Gwen Dandridge

In the last throes of the 14th century, Islamic Spain is under pressure from Castile and Aragon. Ara, the twelve-year old daughter to the Sultan, finds herself in the center of a political intrigue when her...


Museographs The Art of Islam: A Survey

by Caron Caswell Lazar

Experience desert-dwelling at its most vibrant! From the essential features of a mosque to a wide assemblage of colorful edifices designed to offset monochromatic and infertile landscapes, Islamic art encompasses...