The secret gift of reading is time.

Thames and Hudson

Making Sense of Islamic Art and Architecture

Adam Barkman




This work is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of five major areas of Islamic artistic and architectural endeavour: Mosques, Mausoleums and Madrasas; Calligraphy and Paintings; Glass, Metal, Stone and Woodwork; Ceramics and Textiles; Palaces, Castles and Bazaars. Within each section the narrative flows chronologically, tracking development in each field. The examples of art and architecture discussed here have been selected from all the major periods of Islamic history, from the time of the Umayyads to the present, and from all the regions that have produced Islamic art, from Mecca to Manhattan.