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are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.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
This third volume of the Aga Khan Program-sponsored annual collection of scholarly articles continues the high standards of its predecessors...' RBP,
Middle East Journal, 1987. '
Die Zeitschrift Muqarnas
gehört zu den wichtigsten und anregendsten aktuellen Veröffentlichungen auf dem Gebiet der islamischen Kunst und dieser Band steht seinen beiden Vorgängern in Qualität um nichts nach.' Marianne Barrucand,
Der Islam, 1988.
OLEG GRABAR, Upon Reading al-Azraqi. EVA BAER, The Mihrab in the Cave of the Dome of the Rock. JONATHAN M. BLOOM, The Origins of Fatimid Art. CAROLINE WILLIAMS, The Cult of 'Alid Saints in the Fatimid Monuments of Cairo. Part II: The Mausolea. YASSER TABBAA, The Muqarnas Dome: Its Origin and Meaning. SHEILA S. BLAIR, The Madrasa at Zuzan: Islamic Architecture in Eastern Iran on the Eve of the Mongol Invasions GÜLRU NECİPOĞLU-KAFADAR, The Süleymaniye Complex in Istanbul: An Interpretation. ALAN W. FISHER and CAROL GARRETT FISHER, A Note on the Location of the Royal Ottoman Ateliers . . ÜLKÜ Ü. BATES, Two Ottoman Documents on Architects in Egypt JAMES DICKIE, The Mughal Garden: Gateway to Paradise HELEN JESSUP, Dutch Architectural Visions of the Indonesian Tradition
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.