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date: 01 April 2020

Islamic artlocked

  • Sheila S. Blair,
  • Jonathan M. Bloom,
  • Oleg Grabar,
  • R. Stephen Humphreys,
  • Walter B. Denny,
  • Beatrice Forbes Manz,
  • Robert Hillenbrand,
  • Alastair Northedge,
  • Lucien Golvin,
  • Christian Ewert,
  • Giuseppe Bellafiore,
  • Yasser Tabbaa,
  • Howard Crane,
  • Bernard O’Kane,
  • Aptullah Kuran,
  • John A. Williams,
  • Antonio Fernández-Puertas,
  • Nadia Erzini,
  • Eugenio Galdieri,
  • Jennifer M. Scarce,
  • Robert D. McChesney,
  • Marianne Barrucand,
  • Mohammad al-Asad,
  • J. M. Rogers,
  • Barbara Finster,
  • Paul Bonnenfant,
  • Suraiya Faroqhi,
  • John Warren,
  • Annemarie Schimmel,
  • F. Déroche,
  • Wheeler M. Thackston,
  • Marianna S. Simpson,
  • Eva R. Hoffman,
  • Priscilla P. Soucek,
  • Ernst J. Grube,
  • Jerrilynn D. Dodds,
  • Dorothea Duda,
  • Rachel Ward,
  • Julie Badiee,
  • Eleanor Sims,
  • B. W. Robinson,
  • Barbara Schmitz,
  • Gulnar K. Bosch,
  • Guy Petherbridge,
  • G. Roper,
  • Eva Baer,
  • J. W. Allan,
  • Linda Komaroff,
  • Amy W. Newhall,
  • Esin Atil,
  • Umberto Scerrato,
  • Vera Tamari,
  • Sheila R. Canby,
  • George Scanlon,
  • Venetia Porter,
  • Gönül Öney,
  • Lisa Golombek,
  • Helen Philon,
  • Yolande Crowe,
  • Anne E. Wardwell,
  • Jenny Balfour-Paul,
  • Linda Woolley,
  • Patricia L. Baker,
  • Jennifer Wearden,
  • Carol Bier,
  • Max Klimburg,
  • Yedida K. Stillman,
  • Nancy Micklewright,
  • Giovanni Curatola,
  • Jenny Housego,
  • Julia Bailey,
  • Richard E. Wright,
  • Carolyn Kane,
  • Marwan F. Abu Khalaf,
  • Abbas Daneshvari,
  • R. Orazi,
  • David Nicolle,
  • A. R. E. North,
  • Michael L. Bates,
  • Layla S. Diba,
  • J. Sadan,
  • David Whitehouse,
  • Marian Wenzel,
  • Ralph Pinder-Wilson,
  • Robert Skelton,
  • Rachel Hasson,
  • Ludvik Kalus
  •  and S. J. Vernoit


Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

The art made by artists or artisans whose religion was Islam, for patrons who lived in predominantly Muslim lands, or for purposes that are restricted or peculiar to a Muslim population or a Muslim setting. This article deals with the arts produced from the 7th century to the 19th in the Islamic lands from the Atlantic to western Central Asia (see also Central Asia, §I) and India (see also Indian subcontinent). For 19th- and 20th-century developments in the region, see individual country articles (e.g. Egypt, Arab Republic of, Iran, Islamic Republic of). For Islamic art in other regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa or South-east Asia, see the appropriate geographical entries (e.g. Africa, Indonesia, Republic of).

The literature on Islamic art is vast and varied, reflecting a wide range of different approaches and audiences, from the scholarly monograph to popular exhibition catalogue. With a few exceptions, this very brief article and accompanying list of works deal only with writings about Islamic art in its broadest sense; for writings on specific media and regions, see individual articles, such as ...

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E. Yar Shater, ed.: Encyclopedia Iranica (London, 1986)
Encyclopaedia of Islam, 8 vols and suppl. (Leiden, 1913–36/R 1987)
Encyclopaedia of Islam (Leiden, 1954–)