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 31 contains articles spanning the vast parameters (both geographic and disciplinary) of the field of Islamic art and architecture, from Iberia to Central Europe to the Subcontinent, from the Madinat al-Zahraʾ in Cordoba to Ottoman textiles and costumes to Mughal painting. The volume also contains essays on lusterware produced in Seville in the Taifa period; gardens in the fourteenth-century text Bāgh-i Samanzār-i Nūshāb; the Elvan Çelebi complex in Anatolia; and Seljuq-era stucco sculptures from Iran.
Authors include Susana Capilla, Stephan Heidemann, Benjamin Anderson, Hamidreza Jayhani, Heike Franke, Amanda Phillips, Adam Jasienski, and Ulrich Marzolph, with contributions to the “Notes and Sources” section by Carmen Barceló and Anja Heidenreich, and Deniz Türker.
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.
Table of Contents Susana Calvo Capilla, THE REUSE OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY IN THE PALACE OF MADINAT AL-ZAHRAʾ AND ITS ROLE IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF CALIPHAL LEGITIMACY Stefan Heidemann, Jean-François de Lapérouse, and Vicki Parry, THE LARGE AUDIENCE: LIFE-SIZED STUCCO FIGURES OF ROYAL PRINCES FROM THE SELJUQ PERIOD Benjamin Anderson, THE COMPLEX OF ELVAN ÇELEBI: PROBLEMS IN FOURTEENTH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE Hamidreza Jayhani, BĀGH-I SAMANZĀR-I NŪSHĀB: TRACING A LANDSCAPE, BASED ON THE BRITISH LIBRARY MASNAVĪ OF HUMĀY U HUMĀYŪN Heike Franke, EMPERORS OF ṢŪRAT AND MACNĪ: JAHANGIR AND SHAH JAHAN AS TEMPORAL AND SPIRITUAL RULERS Amanda Phillips, A MATERIAL CULTURE: OTTOMAN VELVETS AND THEIR OWNERS, 1600–1750 Adam Jasienski, A SAVAGE MAGNIFICENCE: OTTOMANIZING FASHION AND THE POLITICS OF DISPLAY IN EARLY MODERN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE Ulrich Marzolph, FROM MECCA TO MASHHAD: THE NARRATIVE OF AN ILLUSTRATED SHIʿI PILGRIMAGE SCROLL FROM THE QAJAR PERIOD Notes and Sources Carmen Barceló and Anja Heidenreich, LUSTERWARE MADE IN THE ABBADID TAIFA OF SEVILLE (ELEVENTH CENTURY) AND ITS EARLY PRODUCTION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION Deniz Türker, HAKKY-BEY AND HIS JOURNAL LE MIROIR DE L’ART MUSULMAN, OR, MIRʾĀT-I ṢANĀYİʿ-İ İSLĀMİYE (1898)
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.