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are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.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
...Die Zeitschrift Muqarnas
gehört zu den wichtigsten und anregendsten aktuellen Veröffentlichungen auf dem Gebiet der islamischen Kunst...' M. Barrucand,
Der Islam, 1988.
Oleg Grabar, Europe and the Orient: An Ideologically Charged Exhibition Thomas Leisten, Between Orthodoxy and Exegesis: Some Aspects of Attitudes in the Shariʿa toward Funerary Architecture Sergei Chmelnizkij, The Mausoleum of Muhammad Bosharo Sheila S. Blair, Sufi Saints and Shrine Architecture in the Early Fourteenth Century Michael E. Bonine, The Sacred Direction and City Structure: A Preliminary Analysis of the Islamic Cities of Morocco D. Fairchild Ruggles, The Mirador in Abbasid and Hispano-Umayyad Garden Typology Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq, An Epigraphical Journey to an Eastern Islamic Land Ulrike Al-Khamis, The Iconography of Early Islamic Lusterware from Mesopotamia: New Considerations Scott Redford, How Islamic Is It? The Innsbruck Plate and Its Setting Gülru Necipoğlu, From International Timurid to Ottoman: A Change of Taste in Sixteenth-Century Ceramic Tiles Leonard Helfgott, Carpet Collecting in Iran, 1873–1883: Robert Murdoch Smith and the Formation of the Modern Persian Carpet Industry Jo Tonna, The Poetics of Arab-Islamic Architecture
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.