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The transformation of Islamic art during the Sunni revival

Author: Yasser Tabbaa
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2001.
Series: Publications on the Near East, University of Washington.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The transformation of Islamic architecture and ornament during the eleventh and twelfth centuries signaled profound cultural changes in the Islamic world. Yasser Tabbaa explores with exemplary lucidity the geometric techniques that facilitated this transformation, and investigates the cultural processes by which meaning was produced within the new forms. Iran, Iraq, and Syria saw the development of proportional
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yasser Tabbaa
ISBN: 0295981253 9780295981253 0295981334 9780295981338 0295996323 9780295996325
OCLC Number: 45827984
Description: xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. The Sunni Revival --
2. The Transformation of Qur'anic Writing --
3. The Public Text --
4. The Girih Mode: Vegetal and Geometric Arabesque --
5. Muqarnas Vaulting and Ash'ari Occasionalism --
6. Stone Muqarnas and Other Special Devices --
7. The Mediation of Symbolic Forms.
Series Title: Publications on the Near East, University of Washington.
Responsibility: Yasser Tabbaa.

Abstract:

"The transformation of Islamic architecture and ornament during the eleventh and twelfth centuries signaled profound cultural changes in the Islamic world. Yasser Tabbaa explores with exemplary lucidity the geometric techniques that facilitated this transformation, and investigates the cultural processes by which meaning was produced within the new forms. Iran, Iraq, and Syria saw the development of proportional calligraphy, vegetal and geometric arabesque, muqarnas (stalactite) vaulting, and other devices that became defining features of medieval Islamic architecture.

Ultimately, the forms and themes described in this book shaped the development of Mamluk architecture in Egypt and Syria, and by extension, the entire course of North African and Andalusian architecture as well."--Jacket.

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