A selection of reports on the publications projects we have supported and funded in the field of Islamic Art, Heritage and Culture since we were founded in 1987

Recent Publications

  • Power

Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural

This catalogue, Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural deals with the entirety of the Muslim world with a total emphasis on pre-Modern Islamic cultures through the lens of visual and material culture. It  contextualises the art work in three essays reflecting the thematic divisions adopted in the exhibition. [...]

  • Sacred Precincts

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

This book examines non-Muslim religious sites, structures and spaces in the Islamic world. It reveals a vibrant portrait of life in the religious sites by illustrating how architecture responds to contextual issues and traditions. Sacred Precinctsexplores urban context; issues of identity; design; construction; transformation and the history of sacred sites and [...]

“Mamluk Patronage: An Expansion of a Traditional Concept.”

Iman R. Abdulfattah, Doctoral candidate in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Bonn The grantee is well acquainted with the School of Mamluk Studies (SMS). It was created in 2014 to foster and promote a greater awareness of the Mamluk sultanate. As well as to provide junior and [...]

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More Publications

Early Persian Painting : Kalila Wa Dimna Manuscripts of the Late 14th Century

"Kalila and Dimna" or "The Fables of Bidpai" is one of the gems of world culture, having been translated through the centuries everywhere from China to Spain. "Kalila and Dimna", like the fables of Aesop or Lafontaine, are subtle and suggestive moral tales - a kind of repository of wisdom [...]

By |January 1st, 1999|Categories: Publications|

The Monuments of Historic Cairo: A Map and Descriptive Catalogue

Comprising thirty-one maps at a metric scale of 1:1,250 and a descriptive catalogue, The Monuments of Historic Cairo marks the first time that the city's significant architectural heritage has been mapped in ground plan within the present-day urban context. The work surveys an area of nearly six square kilometers, stretching [...]

By |January 1st, 1997|Categories: Publications|

Islamic Art and Architecture, 650-1250

This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar's original [...]

By |January 1st, 1997|Categories: Publications|

Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Ayyubid dynasty brought unprecedented architectural development to Aleppo, the most important city in medieval Syria. While early Islamic empires usually expressed their grandeur by founding new cities with vast extra-urban palaces, the Ayyubids asserted their power by "modernizing" existing towns. With its large, [...]

By |January 1st, 1996|Categories: Publications|

The Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia encompasses a greater variety of architectural styles than any other country in the Arabian peninsula. The buildings of the coastal, mountain and plains regions are entirely distinctive and local in their character. By contrast, several towns, especially Mecca and Medina, have naturally been directly exposed to foreign architectural [...]

By |January 1st, 1996|Categories: Publications|

The Court of the Il-Khans, 1290-1340

The proceedings of the Barakat Trust Conference in Islamic Art and History held at St John's College, Oxford in 1994, on the politics and artistic patronage of the Ilkhanid court in Iran between circa AD 1290 and 1340. The Ilkhanids were of Mongol origin, and the papers range from their [...]

By |January 1st, 1995|Categories: Publications|

The Topkapi Saray Museum: The Albums and Illustrated Manuscripts

This volume focuses on the museum's exceptional group of Islamic miniature paintings found in illustrated copies of classic works & as surviving fragments pasted or bound into albums in the former royal libraries. It is illustrated with representative examples of sacred, literary, & technical works reflecting the patronage of individual [...]

By |January 1st, 1994|Categories: Publications|

Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning

This beautifully conceived and produced survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and [...]

By |January 1st, 1989|Categories: Publications|
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