Islamic Art & Visual Culture - An Anthology of Sources, is a book edited by D. Fairchild Ruggles-Professor of Landscape, Art and Architectural History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and published by Blackwell Publishing in 2011.

Islamic Art and Visual Culture is a collection of primary sources in translation accompanied by clear and concise introductory essays that provide unique insights into the aesthetic and cultural history of one of the world’s major religions.

•  Collects essential translations from sources as diverse as the Qur’an, court chronicles, technical treatises on calligraphy and painting, imperial memoirs, and foreign travel accounts
•  Includes clear and concise introductory essays
•  Situates each text and explains the circumstances in which it was written—the date, place, author, and political conditions
•  Provides a vivid window into Islamic visual culture and society
•  An indispensable tool for teachers and students of art and visual culture

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5402-4
200 pages
April 2011, ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell


1.  Foundations: Religious, Political, Juridical, and Administrative Documents from Early Islam and Places in Transition.
2.  Behavior, Gifts, Treasuries, and Collections.
3.  Art.
4.  Space: Architecture and Urbanism
5.  Places
    • Pre-Islamic
    •  The Arabian Peninsula
    • Syria, Jordan, and Environs
    • Iraq
    • Al-Andalus
    • The Maghreb, Africa, and Sicily
    • Egypt
    • Turkey and the Ottoman Empire
    • Iran and Central Asia
    • South Asia
    • East Asia

About D. Fairchild Ruggles

D. Fairchild Ruggles is Professor of Landscape, Art, and Architectural History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain (2000), won the Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. Her most recent book is Islamic Gardens and Landscapes (2008), which won the J.B. Jackson Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She edited and co-edited books include Women, Patronage and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies (2000), Cultural Heritage and Human Rights (2007), Sites Unseen: Landscape and Vision (2007), and Intangible Heritage Embodied (2009).

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