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Islamic Art and Culture


Prepared in conjuction with the exhibition Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, this packet is a resource for teaching Islamic art and culture, from its beginnings in the 7th century up to the 18th century. Drawing on 20 examples of architecture, calligraphy, manuscript illumination, and the decorative arts (textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics), it addresses four general areas: arts for the mosque, Islamic science and learning, arts for the court, and exchange between East and West.

The Islamic Art and Culture loan packet includes:

  • a 59-page booklet, with a glossary, chronological overview, and discussion of such issues as the use of figural versus nonfigural imagery
  • four color study prints
  • an image CD.

This teaching packet is available free of charge for a nine-month loan period, permitting extended use in classroom or library settings.

Islamic Art and Culture
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