The studies in this volume, written by a range of eminent experts explore aspects of Islamic art from the standpoint not of style, provenance, aesthetic quality of historical context, but of what these images mean. Individually, these studies propose new explanations of familiar material. Corporately, however, they achieve something more, for they demonstrate a range of complementary techniques of interpretation, thereby mapping out directions for future iconographic analyses of Islamic art.
Two contributions by Professor Ernst Grube underpin the volume. The first traces how the study of Islamic iconography evolved. The second is truly groundbreaking: an extensive listing of titles on Islamic iconography, thematically divided and running to some 160 double-columned pages. This bibliography will immediately become an indispensable resource for all Islamic art historians, and will open up their field in many new ways.
Foreward - Robert Hillenbrand
New Light on Islamic Iconograhy - Robert Hillenbrand
Iconography in Islamic Art - Ernst Grube
Solar and Celestial Symbolism in Medieval Islamic Art - James Allan
The Minbar of Al-Aqsa, Form and Function - Sylvia Auld
Mightiness, Ecstasy and Control: Some General Features of Islamic Arts - Johann-Christoph Bürgel
A Royal Drinking Scene from Alchi: Iranian Iconography in the Western Himalayas - Finbarr B Flood
Early Medieval Islamic Court Life: The Evidence of the Literary Sources - c Abd al-Rahman Gailani†
Paradise Glimpsed by the Muslim Believer at Prayer - Raya Y Shani
The Iconography of the Illustrated Timurid Zafarn b MA Manuscripts - Eleanor Sims
Fire-Making, and its Influence on the Background to Some Mysterious Iconography in Medieval Islamic Art - Marian Wenzel†
A Bibliography of Iconography in Islamic Art - Ernst J Grube