New Publication - Islamic Art and Architecture, Robert Hillenbrand (Thames & Hudson) - March 2021

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Embracing over a thousand years of history and an area stretching from the Atlantic to the borders of India and China, Islamic Art and Architecture is an unrivalled synthesis of the arts of Islamic civilization. From the death of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day, Robert Hillenbrand traces the evolution of an extraordinary range of art forms, including architecture, calligraphy, book illumination, painting, ceramics, glassware, textiles and metalwork.

Now completely revised and expanded for 2021, new to this edition is a chapter ranging from c. 1700 to c. 1900, a period very often neglected in books on this subject. Hillenbrand explores how recent centuries, far from being a dark age, saw extraordinary artistic ferment and creativity across the Islamic world. Throughout, full-colour illustrations of masterpieces of Islamic art and architecture – from Moorish Spain to modern Iran – show the far-reaching stylistic developments as well as the recurrent preoccupations that have shaped the arts of Islam since the seventh century.

Thames & Hudson’s longest-running series, the World of Art, was launched in 1958 to bring art books to the masses. With pioneering titles on global art, key artists and art movements beyond the Western mainstream, the series has been, and remains, at the forefront of high quality art publishing and cutting- edge art criticism.

Professor Robert Hillenbrand was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford and has taught at the University of Edinburgh, where he is now an honorary professorial fellow, since 1971. He was Islamic art adviser to the 36-volume Macmillan Dictionary of Art. He has also served on the Councils of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, British Research in the Levant, and the British Institute of Persian Studies.