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. In
Muqarnas articles are published on all aspects of Islamic visual culture, historical and contemporary, as well as articles dealing with unpublished textual primary sources.
Muqarnas 29 features a subset of articles involving cross-cultural interactions between East and West as manifested in the visual culture of the region. Articles addressing this theme include “Visual Cosmopolitanism and Creative Translation: Artistic Conversations with Renaissance Italy in Mehmed II’s Constantinople,” by Gülru Necipoğlu, and “The Bride of Trebizond: Turks And Turkmens on a Florentine Wedding Chest, circa 1460,” by Cristelle Baskins. The “Notes and Sources” section highlights new research on the medieval town of Hulbuk in Central Asia. Contributors include: Gülru Necipoğlu, Cristelle Baskins, Ana Pulido-Rull, Matt D. Saba, Jasmin Badr, Mustafa Tupev, Ünver Rustem, Ethem Eldem and Pierre Siméon.
Editor’s Foreword Gülru Necipoğlu, VISUAL COSMOPOLITANISM AND CREATIVE TRANSLATION: ARTISTIC CONVERSATIONS WITH RENAISSANCE ITALY IN MEHMED II’S CONSTANTINOPLE Cristelle Baskins, THE BRIDE OF TREBIZOND: TURKS AND TURKMENS ON A FLORENTINE WEDDING CHEST, CIRCA 1460 Ana Pulido-Rull, A PRONOUNCEMENT OF ALLIANCE: AN ANONYMOUS ILLUMINATED VENETIAN MANUSCRIPT FOR SULTAN SÜLEYMAN Suzan Yalman, ʿALA AL-DIN KAYQUBAD ILLUMINATED: A RUM SELJUQ SULTAN AS COSMIC RULER Matthew D. Saba, ABBASID LUSTERWARE AND THE AESTHETICS OF ʿAJAB Jasmin Badr and Mustafa Tupev, THE KHOJA ZAINUDDIN MOSQUE IN BUKHARA Ünver Rüstem, THE AFTERLIFE OF A ROYAL GIFT: THE OTTOMAN INSERTS OF THE SHĀHNĀMA-I SHĀH̛Ī Edhem Eldem, MAKING SENSE OF OSMAN HAMDI BEY AND HIS PAINTINGS Notes and Sources Pierre Siméon, HULBUK: ARCHITECTURE AND MATERIAL CULTURE OF THE CAPITAL OF THE BANIJURIDS IN CENTRAL ASIA (NINTH–ELEVENTH CENTURIES)
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.