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Recent Content

Lecture - Jeremy Johns, "‘The Magnificent Seven’: The Great Fāṭimid Rock Crystal Ewers"

Ravi and Seran Trehan Lectures in Islamic Art and Material Culture Seminar:

‘The Magnificent Seven’: The Great Fāṭimid Rock Crystal Ewers

Jeremy Johns, Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean, Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Query - Digitizing and cataloging Arabic manuscripts

From: Lalila Hussein <lhoussei@illinois.edu>
Date: March 4, 2015
Dear colleagues,
I would like to ask you for advice related to digitizing Arabic manuscripts. We at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have around 1000 pages of Arabic manuscripts, some of them are on Microfilm and some are leaves. I need help answering the following questions:

Re: Query - Visual representations of Blacks or Africans in Iran

Dear Pedram Khosronejad, As you possibly know, the famous Arabic manuscript of Jami' al-Tawarikh from the 14th century carries different depictions of non-Mongol people, including Abyssinians. At the end of the 14th century, several depictions of black people were added to the manuscript Hazine 1654. Several paintings showing the Indians in black survive from the kitabkhana of Shahrukh in the Hazine 1653 and the dispersed manuscript of Majma' al-Tawarikh. All the best, Mohamad Reza Ghiasian

Publication - Sacred Precincts: The Religious Architecture of Non-Muslim Communities Across the Islamic World

From: Mohammad Gharipour <mohammad@gatech.edu>
Date: March 2, 2015
Dear Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce the publication of the new book, Sacred Precincts: The Religious Architecture of Non-Muslim Communities Across the Islamic World (Leiden: Brill, 2015).  This book examines non-Muslim religious sites, structures and spaces in the Islamic world.