Muqarnas, Volume 30

Celebrating Thirty Years of Muqarnas


Managing Editor: Leal A. Leal
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 this thirtieth-anniversary issue of Muqarnas, various scholars provide their thoughts on the publication’s impact on the field of Islamic art. The volume contains articles on historiographical issues as well as others that emphasize the multicultural expansion of the field. There are also essays on Timurid and Safavid manuscript painting and al-Hariri’s Maqāmāt.

Authors include Benedict Cuddon, Silvia Armando, Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Jennifer Pruitt, Peter Christensen, David J. Roxburgh, Abolala Soudavar, and Lâle Uluç, with contributions to the “Notes and Sources” section by Serpil Bağcı, Gülru Necipoğlu, and Ebba Koch.

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Gülru Necipoğlu, (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986) is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She has been the editor of Muqarnas since 1993.

Gülru Necipoğlu, Reflections on Thirty Years of Muqarnas

Benedict Cuddon, A Field Pioneered by Amateurs: The Collecting and Display of Islamic Art in Early Twentieth-Century Boston

Silvia Armando, Ugo Monneret de Villard (1881–1954) and the Establishment of Islamic Art Studies In Italy

Ayşin Yoltar-Yildirim, Raqqa: The Forgotten Excavation of an Islamic Site in Syria by the Ottoman Imperial Museum in the Early Twentieth Century

D. Fairchild Ruggles, At the Margins of Architectural and Landscape History: The Rajputs of South Asia

Jennifer Pruitt, Methodi in Madness: Recontextualizing the Destruction of Churches in the Fatimid Era

Peter Christensen, “As if she were Jerusalem”: Placemaking in Sephardic Salonica

David J. Roxburgh, In Pursuit of Shadows: Al-Hariri’s Maqāmāt

Abolala Soudavar, The Patronage of the Vizier Mirza Salman

Lâle Uluç, An Iskandarnāma of Nizami Produced for Ibrahim Sultan


Serpil Bağci, Presenting Vaṣṣāl Kalender’s Works: The Prefaces of Three Ottoman Albums

Gülru Necipoğlu, “Virtual Archaeology” in Light of a New Document on the Topkapı Palace’s Waterworks and Earliest Buildings, circa 1509

Ebba Koch, The Wooden Audience Halls of Shah Jahan: Sources and Reconstruction
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.