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Book Launch: The Making of Islamic Art: Studies in Honour of Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom

10 August 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST

Henry Thomas Colebrook

A conversation with Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, chaired by
Professor Robert Hillenbrand and Professor Carole Hillenbrand


In their own words, Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair espouse ‘things and thinginess rather than theories and isations’. Its many insights, firmly anchored in artistic practice, are supported by ample technical know-how. The range is wide – mosques becoming temples; how religious buildings reflect politics; Yemeni frescoes and inscriptions; domestic Syrian 18th-century ornament; Egyptian bookbinding techniques; recycling and repair in Damascene crafts; conservation versus restoration; narrative on ceramics; metalwork with architectural motifs; lost buildings reconstructed; how objects speak; Muslim burials in China; the role of migrating potters; Mughal painting; stone carpet weights; the use of metals in Islamic manuscripts, calligraphy and modern artists’ books. This book’s practical, down-to-earth dimension, expressed in plain, simple English, runs counter to the current fashion for theoretical explanations and their accompanying jargon when exploring the world of Islamic art. This bottom–up approach differs radically and refreshingly from that of much top-down contemporary scholarship. It privileges the maker rather than the patron.

Attendees will also receive a 35% discount code upon registration.


10 August 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm BST
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