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The Umayyads: The Rise of Islamic Art (Islamic Art in the Mediterranean) Paperback – 1 Apr 2001


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This fascinating new series will present 12 Exhibition Trails in 11 countries, which follow the chronology of the spread of Islamic art in that area. The Museum With No Frontiers programme is based on the novel idea of organising exhibitions without transporting the works of art, instead allowing the visitor to discover the artefacts, architecture and museums in their original environment and within their historical and cultural context. This concept makes it possible for the Islamic art academic or enthusiast to experience art as a living illustration of social history. Each Exhibition Trail is divided into a number of itineraries that provide detailed information on the history and significance of each structure or work and offer practical information on guided tours, transportation and cultural activities. The beautifully illustrated descriptions of the archaeological sites, artworks and architecture are written by experts in the field who live in the specified area itself. Visit the virtual gallery www.mwnf.org for further information.

The exhibition is devoted to significant monuments from the reign of the Umayyad caliphs (660-750 AD) in an area that stretched from Amman to Mount Nebo (Jordanian Badiya); from the residential palaces to the east of Amman to the caravan posts in the south, finally reaching the Red Sea. The works incorporate elements of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Persian cultures, recasting them in an original and innovative form of expression.

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Incredibly useful and thorough book 21 Mar. 2011
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I bought this book as a gift for a scholar on Middle Eastern politics while they were living in Jordan. It has proved to be an amazing resource for digging deeper into the art and architecture at most of the major tourist attractions in Jordan. Its setup is based on several itineraries that a traveler could cover during a trip to Jordan and it doesn't have an index but once you get over those issues it is a great book. Very thorough and helpful before, during, and after a trip to a site this book is recommended for all those interested in Jordan and Umayyad art in general.
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