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Art, Architecture, and Film
Islamic Visual Culture, 1100-1800 by
Call Number: N 6260 .G6915 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-28
This is the second of four volumes of studies on Islamic art by Oleg Grabar. Between them they bring together more than 80 articles, studies and essays, work spanning half a century by a master of the field.
Islamic arts by
Call Number: N 6260 .B57 2012 - AFA Library
Publication Date: 1997
In this comprehensive survey, the authors highlight those characteristics that connect the various arts of all the Islamic lands, without minimizing the differences. Dividing the time into three periods: 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800, they set the artistic development in each era within its historical context and use art as a window into Islamic culture.
Islamic Design by
Call Number: NC715 .S88 2007 - AFA Library
Publication Date: 2007-11-06
Throughout their long history the craft traditions of the Islamic world evolved a multitude of styles applied to a great variety of media but always with unifying factors that make them instantly recognizable. Harmony is central. There are two key aspects to the visual structure of Islamic design, calligraphy using Arabic script-one of the world's great calligraphic traditions-and abstract ornamentation using a varied but remarkably integrated visual language. This art of pure ornament revolves around two central themes; crystalline geometric patterns, the harmonic and symmetrical subdivision of the plane giving rise to intricately interwoven designs that speak of infinity and the omnipresent center; and idealized plant form, spiraling tendrils, leaves, buds and flowers embodying organic life and rhythm.
Islamic art : mirror of the invisible world by
Call Number: N 6260 .I84 2011 - AFA Library
Publication Date: Unity Productions Foundation, 2011
A ninety-minute documentary of stunning breadth and beauty, 'Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World' transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture.
Koran by heart (DVD) by
Call Number: BP 188.3.C5 K67 2011
Publication Date: HBO Home Entertainment, 2011
In this 80-minute documentary, three 10-year old children leave their native countries to participate in one of the Islamic world's most famous competitions, a test of memory and recitation known as The International Holy Koran Competition. As the competition reaches its climax, Koran By Heart offers a compelling and nuanced glimpse into some of the pressures faced by the next generation of Muslims.
Prince among slaves (DVD) by
Call Number: E 444.I25 P75 2011
Publication Date: PBS Home Video, c2011
The true story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima Ibn Sori, a West African prince who was sold into slavery in 1788, eventually ending up in Natchez, Mississippi.
Beauty and Islam by
Call Number: N6260 .G667 2001
Publication Date: 2001-11-03
Five essays explore aspects of aesthetics in classical Islamic thought in light of contemporary theories, offering new perspectives on Islamic art and architecture with examples ranging from the Qur'an and the Alhambra to the works of present day artists and philosophers. Tracing the roots of Islamic aesthetics back to the works of the philosophers of the Middle Ages such as Avicenna and Averroes, Valerie Gonzalez finds that aesthetic theory in Islam must be seen within the much wider context of parallel thinking on theology, ethics, physics, and metaphysics.