Islamic Architecture on the Move (Book)

Motion and Modernity

Even a casual observer can spy traces of Islamic architecture and design on buildings all over the world, a reminder that artistic traditions and visual culture have never been limited to their region or country of origin, but rather are highly diffusible. This book brings together scholars from architectural studies, design, art history and other fields to challenge and expand concepts of Islamic architecture. Ranging from eighteenth-century Ottoman tents to manifestations of Islamic motifs in 1960s Hawaii, this richly illustrated volume raises key questions about Islamic architecture, and, more broadly, about how we can rethink our understanding of material, artistic and cultural mobility in the modern world.  

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Even a casual observer can spy traces of Islamic architecture and design on buildings all over the world, a reminder that artistic traditions and visual culture have never been limited to their region or country of origin, but rather are highly diffusible.

This book brings together scholars from architectural studies, design, art history and other fields to challenge and expand concepts of Islamic architecture. Ranging from eighteenth-century Ottoman tents to manifestations of Islamic motifs in 1960s Hawaii, this richly illustrated volume raises key questions about Islamic architecture, and, more broadly, about how we can rethink our understanding of material, artistic and cultural mobility in the modern world.

Christiane Gruber is Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture. She has authored two books on Islamic texts and images of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascension and has edited several volumes on Islamic book arts, ascension texts and images, and visual and material culture.

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Islamic Architecture on the Move

Christiane Gruber

Chapter 2: Karbala in Lucknow: An Itinerary of Architectural Mobility

Elise Kamleh and Katherine Bartsch

Chapter 3: The Mobile Matrix: The Hijaz Railway as Ritual Space and Generator of Space

David Simonowitz

Chapter 4: Fabricating a New Image: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period

Ashley Dimmig

Chapter 5: Mobility and Ambivalences: Negotiating Architectural Identities during Khedive Ismail’s Reign (1863–79)

Marwa M. El-Ashmouni

Chapter 6: ‘In the Absence of Originals’: Replicating the Tilework of Safavid Isfahan for South Kensington

Moya Carey

Chapter 7: Relocating to Hawai‘i: Dwelling with Islamic Art at Doris Duke’s Shangri La

Olga Bush

Chapter 8: The Urban Fabric of Cairo: Khayamiya and the Suradeq

Sam Bowker

Note on Contributors

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