Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds

Studies in Honour of Erica Cruikshank Dodd


Dedicated to Erica Cruikshank Dodd, Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds offers new perspectives on the Christian and Muslim communities of the east Mediterranean from medieval to contemporary times. The contributors examine how people from diverse religious backgrounds adapted to their changing political landscapes and show that artistic patronage, consumption, and practices are interwoven with constructed narratives. The essays consider material and textual evidence for painted media, architecture, and the creative process in Byzantium, Crusader-era polities, the Ottoman empire, and the modern Middle East, thus demonstrating the importance of the past in understanding the present.

Contributors: Evanthia Baboula, Lesley Jessop, Anthony Cutler, Jaroslav Folda, John Osborne, Glenn Peers, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Mat Immerzeel, Bas Snelders, Angela Andersen, May Farhat, Marcus Milwright, Rico Franses.

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Evanthia Baboula, D.Phil. (2003), University of Victoria, is Assistant Professor of Mediterranean art. She researches aspects of ancient to early modern material culture in the east Mediterranean and has published articles in Levant, the Journal of Modern Hellenism, and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
Lesley Jessop, Ph.D. (1993), University of Victoria, where she is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. Her work has been published in the Papers of the British School at Rome and RACAR.
Erica Cruikshank Dodd Passion, Serendipity, Curiosity, and the Making of an Art Historian
Lesley Jessop

Bibliography of Erica Cruikshank Dodd
Note on Transliteration and Dates
List of Illustrations

Introduction: Diversity and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond
Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop

1 The Anaphoric Icon Observations on Some Byzantine Metapictures
Anthony Cutler

2 Two Icons of the Virgin and Child Hodegetria from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai Byzantine or Crusader?
Jaroslav Folda

3 The Thirteenth-Century Expansion of the Narthex of San Marco, Venice A Space for Dead Doges?
John Osborne

4 The Refectory of the Monastery of St. Mary in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, Jerusalem Crusader Painting at Crossroads
Glenn Peers

5 Orthodox Monasteries under Lusignan Rule Relations with Others, Relations with Their Own
Annemarie Weyl Carr

6 Church Embellishment in Medieval Egypt, Syria, and Cyprus Patronage and Identity
Mat Immerzeel and Bas Snelders

7 The Tale of the Shared Church in Diyarbakir Narrative Traditions of the Co-Use of Places of Prayer by Muslims and Christians
Angela Andersen

8 Beirut’s Great ʿUmari Mosque History, Memory and Post-War Reconstruction
May Farhat

9 The Traditional Crafts of the Middle East and Central Asia in the Writings of European and North American Travellers
Marcus Milwright

10 To Not Know God Geometrical Abstraction and Visual Theology in Islamic Art
Rico Franses