Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World is sponsored by The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.
Oleg Grabar (November 3, 1929 – January 8, 2011) was Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University until his retirement and joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He published more then 30 books and countless articles on a range of subjects. Among his best-known works are:
Formation of Islamic Art,
Illustrations of the Maqamat,
Great Mosque of Isfahan,
Mediation of Ornament,
Shape of the Holy,
Dome of the Rock,
Penser l'art Islamique, and
Masterpieces of Islamic Art: The Decorated Page from the 8th to the 17th century. Grabar received many honors during his lifetime, including the Charles Lang Freer Medal in 2001 and, in 2010, the Chairman's Award at the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony in Doha. He was the founding editor of
Contents Christopher S. Taylor, 'Reevaluating the Shi‘i Role in the Development of Monumental Islamic Funerary Architecture: The Case of Egypt.' Nuha N.N. Khoury, 'The Mihrab Image: Commemorative Themes in Medieval Islamic Architecture.' Doris Behrens-Abouseif, 'The Facade of the Aqmar Mosque in the Context of Fatimid Ceremonial.' Mohammad Al-Asad, 'The Mosque of Muhammad ‘Ali in Cairo.' Marilyn Jenkins, 'Early Medieval Islamic Pottery: The Eleventh Century Reconsidered.' Robert B. Mason, Ronald M. Farquhar, and Patrick E. Smith, 'Lead-Isotope Analysis of Islamic Glazes: An Exploratory Study.' A. Ghouchani and C. Adle, 'A Sphero-Conical Vessel as
Fuqqā‘a, or a Gourd for 'Beer.'' Summer S. Kenesson, 'Nasrid Luster Pottery: The Alhambra Vases.' Massumeh Farhad, 'An Artist's Impression: Mu‘in Musavvir's
Tiger Attacking a Youth.' Barbara Finster, 'An Outline of the History of Islamic Religious Architecture in Yemen.' Robert Hillenbrand, 'Turco-Iranian Elements in the Medieval Architecture of Pakistan: The Case of the Tomb of Rukn-i ‘Alam at Multan.' Subhash Parihar, 'A Little-Known Mughal College in India: The Madrasa of Shaykh Chillie at Thanesar.' Wijdan Ali, 'The Status of Islamic Art in the Twentieth Century.'
Those interested in the visual culture of the Islamic world, as well as Byzantinists, Europeanists, medievalists, historians of the early modern era, and architectural historians.