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Islam: Art and Architecture (Art & Architecture) Flexibound – 30 Jul 2007


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  • Flexibound: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833135344
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833135347
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 3.6 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book follows the historical development of the Islamic dynasties and regions, showing the variety of their forms of artistic expression from the beginning until today. From decorative elements of buildings to calligraphy and the embellishment of everyday objects, ornamentation, that most characterise Islamic art form, displayed in an extraordinary rich range of ways. The contributions of important scholars bring to life before our very eyes this culture, which belongs next to Greek and Roman antiquity as one of the pillars of our modern society.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pardo VINE VOICE on 20 July 2009
Format: Flexibound
Everything the previous reviewer said is true - this is a marvellously informative book. It breaks the Islamic world up into culturally and geographically distinct regions and looks at the art and, especially, the architecture in some detail. There are also chapters on calligraphy. There are many beautiful photographs, and a number of plans, maps and tables. I know very little about the subject so can't vouch for the quality of the text but it seems very good - the illustrations are superb.

The only problem is the typeface. My eyesight isn't perfect but it's not bad. This type is so small, presumably in order to fit all the text into manageable number of pages, that reading it for any length of time is an unpleasant experience. I can't think of any book I've seen with such small type in the main text - it almost looks like one enormous footnote. If your eyesight is up to it, or you don't plan to read the text much, but simply want to enjoy the pictures, then this is a beautiful book. Otherwise it might be worth looking elsewhere.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Efthymios Karaklas on 24 Dec 2008
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This beautiful book goes through in a very comprehensive way all the history of Islamic art, divided into the dynasties that produce it. An excellent companion to someone who wants to travel to these places, or a reference book for whoever wants to explore the Islamic art and architecture.
A 8 pages of references of the Islamic dynasties makes it easy to follow their historical succession, a 8 pages glossary brings you closer to the terms and trivia, and over 1000 pictures make you to want to go to the places this magnificent art have sprang. Konneman is always a provider of reliable and intriguing reference books, 20 expertises contribute to this book.
Excellent value money book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Efthymios Karaklas on 25 Mar 2009
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This beautiful book goes through in a very comprehensive way all the history of Islamic art, divided into the dynasties that produce it. An excellent companion to someone who wants to travel to these places, or a reference book for whoever wants to explore the Islamic art and architecture.
A 8 pages of references of the Islamic dynasties makes it easy to follow their historical succession, a 8 pages glossary brings you closer to the terms and trivia, and over 1000 pictures make you to want to go to the places this magnificent art have sprang. Konneman is always a provider of reliable and intriguing reference books, 20 expertises contribute to this book.
Excellent value money book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 14 July 2008
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T his impressive tome has been produced by 20 international authorities and covers the art and architecture of Islam from the 6th centuary to modern times. It extends from Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east and from Central Asia inthe north toIndia in the south.In addition it details the history of dynasties that spread Islam.The pictures, text and maps are excellent.If you have this book you will not need another on this subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chris on 27 Jun 2010
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very pleased with this book . It covers my needs perfectly plenty of excellent photos ,maps.detail drawings of the islamic world from the Maghreb to the Moghuls and everything in between .It might not suit the needs of of a specialist but I was looking for an informative overview and explanation . the book is very well priced and I would recommend it without hesitation
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