Suggested General Resources about Art of the Islamic World


Al-Hassani, Salim T. S., ed. 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization. 3rd ed. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2012.

Arberry, Arthur J., trans. The Koran. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Blair, Sheila S., and Jonathan M. Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250–1800. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

Bloom, Jonathan M., and Sheila S. Blair. Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
Handbook to the PBS video Islam: Empire of Faith.

———. Islamic Arts. London: Phaidon Press, 1997.

Brend, Barbara. Islamic Art. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991.

Canby, Sheila R. Islamic Art in Detail. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Ekhtiar, Maryam D., Priscilla P. Soucek, Sheila R. Canby, and Navina Najat Haidar, eds. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.

Esposito, John L. What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam. 2d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650–1250. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Hagedorn, Annette. Islamic Art (Taschen Basic Genre Series). Cologne: Taschen, 2009.

Stanley, Tim. Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Middle East. London: Victoria & Albert Publications, 2004.


Islam: Empire of Faith. DVD. 163 min. Arlington, Va.: PBS Home Video, 2000.

New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands—Behind-the-Scenes Curator's Commentary. Video. 11 min. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011.

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Islamic Art Network. Cairo: Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation, 2006. Includes an extensive technical glossary as well as a database of articles and a photograph archive.

Islamic Arts and Architecture. Islamic Arts and Architecture, 2012. This user-friendly website features an interactive walking tour of the Alhambra Palace as well as a large range of articles and videos on Islamic art and architecture.

Victoria & Albert Museum. "Style in Islamic Art."

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