Byzantium and Islam

Byzantium and Islam

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This magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. At the beginning of the 7th century, the Empire's southern provinces, the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, were at the crossroads of exchanges reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the 9th century, an unprecedented cross- fertilization of cultures had taken place. This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life in insightful contributions by leading international scholars, accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade{u2014}embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published{u2014} highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the newly forming Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, this illuminating publication provides a unique interpretation of a period that still resonates today.The lid probably closely resembled those on the incense burners in the Malcove Collection, Toronto (cat. no. 12213) and ... The striking way in which these incense burners developed in the Islamic world was identified as early as 1945 by Mehmet Aga-Oglu. They are ... The mosque stood outside the precinct; only the lower parts of the walls and a minaret almost twenty feet (six meters) high sur a€” vive (fig.

Title:Byzantium and Islam
Author:Brandie Ratliff, Helen C. Evans
Publisher:Metropolitan Museum of Art - 2012


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