Islamic art

Islamic art, Islamic artists, architecture, museums and culture; a guide to websites

الفن في الإسلام   Arte Islámico; L’art islamique; L’Arte Islamica; Islamische Kunst

Architecture  Artists  B  Directories  Geometric patterns  I  K  Manuscripts  Museums   S  W  Y

A

Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, M.I.T.

Alhambra

La Alhambra y el Generalife
The Alhambra, in pace with its history, has become the destination of many tourists and probably the best treasure of the city of Granada. The Alhambra is a huge ensemble of historical-artistic monuments created over more than six hundred years by cultures as different as The Muslim, the Renaissance or the Romantic culture.

Alhambra. Tourist information

 

Ali Omar Ermes
is an internationally renowned artist, combining the original thought of Islamic art in a unique interpretation between the old and the new, Art, gallery, photos, articles and history of the artist himself, discussion forums, upcoming events, press releases.

Arab Art Gallery
Collections of original Islamic and Arabic paintings.

Arabic Calligraphy

Architecture

Islamic Arts and Architecture
From Mesopotamian coins to Moorish palaces, an introduction to the Muslim world.

Islamic Architecture
Images and information on mosques and other Islamic buildings in Spain, the Middle East and India. Great Buildings Online

Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Architecture in Spain
The collection contains over four thousand color slides and black and white photographs of medieval Spain taken by  Eugene Casselman (1912-1996) during his thirty years of travel throughout the Iberian peninsula.

The David Collection of Islamic Art, Copenhagen.

Great Islamic Buildings Online

Islamic Architecture
A database of Islamic architectural styles, architects and regions, with 872 Islamic buildings and monuments.

Islamic Architecture Resources. Mosques, images, calligraphy (from Islam.org).

Islamic, Arabic Arts and Architecture Organisation
Islamic decorative arts, Islamic influence on the west, building materials and techniques, commentary.

Moorish Architecture. An article from Infoplease.

Pattern in Islamic Art
Free downloads of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. Historically, the decorative arts have always formed a major part of Islamic aesthetic experience.

ArchNet Islamic Architecture Community
An online community for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars, with a special focus on the Islamic world.

Mosques

Mosques Around the World

The most beautiful mosques in the world, a list from Hongkiat.

The oldest mosques in the world, a list from Wikipedia.

 

Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Islamic Art, Harvard University.

ArtLex entry on Islam and Islamic art, with examples.

Artists, galleries

Contemporary Islamic/Arab artists.
Darat al Funun, a home for the Arts and the artists of Jordan and the Arab world.

International Muslimah Artists Network (IMAN)
International Muslimah Artists Network (IMAN) was established by Noora Hammoude and Safiya Godlas in 1997 and sponsored by Dr. Emad Hammoude, as an international organization created by and for Muslim women artists.

Nafas, an online magazine:
Contemporary art from Islamic-influenced countries and regions. Universes-in-Universe

Darut al Funun
Begun in the early eighties, the Khalid Shoman Collection is one of the earliest collections dedicated exclusively to contemporary art of the Arab world. This extensive publication brings together the voices of artists, architects, curators, art critics, and scholars to reflect on the Khalid Shoman Collection and its potential role in narrating a regional art history.

B

British Museum collection of Middle Eastern and Islamic art.

C

Calligraphy

Calligraphy
Arabic Calligraphy.

Wikipedia entry on Islamic calligraphy.

Islamic calligraphy samples.
samples.

Carpets, rugs

Carpets
The symmetry and pattern of Oriental carpets and rugs.

Contemporary art

Contemporary Art from the Islamic World.
Nafas. News on the latest exhibitions of art by contemporary islamic artists. A project in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Relations, Germany.

Countries of the Middle East

Countries of the Middle East,
a web directory of Middle Eastern regional art and culture websites from the Open Directory Project.

 

Crescent Arts
Crescent Arts is a dynamic, forward thinking group, aiming to change hearts and minds, to bring about a positive transformation in people’s opinions in Islam through the power of art, imagination, and good intentions.  They work closely with all faith groups to promote understanding and cohesion in Great Britain. Samples of artwork and a concise resume of their community-based projects and school workshops are available.

D

David Collection of Islamic Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Art from the entire Islamic cultural sphere, from Spain in the West to India in the East and dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries.

Detroit Institute of Arts Islamic art collection.

Dictionary of Islamic Art,
from Artlex Visual Arts Dictionary. Terms, mediums, techniques, religious background.

Discover Islamic Art
The virtual museum from The Museum Without Frontiers. 1235 artefacts from 40 museums, monuments and archaeological sites from 14 countries, 18 exhibitions.

G

Gallery of Art of the Muslim World
Featuring fine examples from Iran, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Al-Andalus,Turkey, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia and a few contemporary photographs.

Geometric Islamic patterns

Pattern in Islamic Art
This website offers downloads of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world.

Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Islamic geometric patterns, Wikipedia entry.

H

Hermitage Museum Collection of Islamic Art, St Petersburg, Russia.

History

Historians of Islamic Art Association

History of Islam
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook

I

Illustrations, images.
An illustrated guide to understanding Islam and Muslims. A guide for non-Muslims who would like to understand Islam, Muslims (Moslems) and the Holy Quran (Koran).

International Muslimah Artists Network (IMAN)
International Muslimah Artists Network (IMAN) was established by Noora Hammoude and Safiya Godlas in 1997 and sponsored by Dr. Emad Hammoude, as an international organization created by and for Muslim women artists.

Introduction to Islamic art,
from ArtLex.

Introduction to Islamic art,
from LACMA.

Iran art and culture website directory.

Islamic art directories, databases

Islamic Art and Culture
Calligraphy, mosques, Islamic art images.

Islamic Art Network
The Islamic Art Network is planning to make books on Islamic art and architecture that have gone out of print digitally available through its website.

Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization
Coins, museums, rugs, bibliography, Moslem architecture.

Islamicity
An Islamic culture portal.

Islam for Today
For Westerners seeking a knowledge and understanding of Islam. A guide to the religion of Islam, Muslim history and civilizations,

Islam Zine
Islamic web links and news.

Persian Art Through the Centuries
Iran Saga

Introduction to Islamic Art
The Abbasid Period
The Samanids
The Ghaznavids
The Seljuks
The Mongols; Ilkhans
The Timurids
The Safavids
The Safavids
Zand & Qajar Periods

Wikipedia entry on Islamic art.

J

Journal of Islamic Studies, Oxford University

K

Khalili Collections
The Khalili Collection of Islamic Art: more than 20000 objects coving some 1400 years.

Koran/The Qur’an

Koran. The Qur’an
An electronic, searchable version of The Holy Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir and published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc., in 1983.

L

Libraries

Libraries with major Middle East Collections
A web directory from Columbia University, New York.

 

Louvre collection of Islamic art, Paris

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Islamic Art Collection

M

Manji, Irshad
Official website of Irshad Manji, author of The Trouble with Islam.

Manuscripts

The Koran Collection at the Topkap Palace Library

Central Asian Koran

Manuscripts from the Islamic world.

Topkapi Palace Library Koran Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Islamic art collection.

Middle East Studies Internet Resources
Columbia University, New York

Motifs

Pattern in Islamic Art
This website offers a downloads of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world.

Unknown, Iran - Panel from Iran - Google Art Project

Unknown, Iran, 16th Century - Diwan of Jami Manuscript - Google Art Project

Museums, collections of Islamic art

British Museum collection of Middle Eastern and Islamic art.

Tareq Rajeb Museum,Kuwait
Islamic cermics, textiles, jewellery,  metal work, manuscripts, costumes.

L. A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem

David Collection of Islamic Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art from the entire Islamic cultural sphere, from Spain in the West to India in the East and dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries.

Detroit Institute of Arts Islamic art collection.

Islamic Art at The Louvre Museum/Musée du Louvre

Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo

Museum of Islamic Art, Cair0. Wikipedia entry.

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Islamic art timeline.
A timeline beginning with:
The Age of Süleyman “the Magnificent” (r. 1520–1566)
and leading to:
West Asia: Postmodernism, the Diaspora, and Women Artists

The Khalili Collections of Islamic Art

Victoria and Albert Museum Islamic art collection.

 

Muslim Wakeup!
Muslim WakeUp! seeks to bring together Muslims and non-Muslims in America and around the globe in efforts that celebrate cultural and spiritual diversity, tolerance, and understanding.

Q

Quatar

Qatar National Museum
This is a group of museums and heritage sites helping to fulfill the cultural goals of the 2030 Qatar National Vision.

MATHAF: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar
The collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art is the largest of modern and contemporary art in the region. Established in the early 1990s, it continues to grow within Qatar Museums, and today contains more than 8,000 objects from the Arab world, Iran, Turkey, and other regions historically connected to the Arab Peninsula.

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

 

Qantara.de
Qantara.de. Qantara.de represents the concerted effort of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Center for Political Education), Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institut and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) to promote dialogue with the Islamic world. The project is funded by the German Foreign Office.

S

Sakkal Design. Islamic graphic designs.

T

Tareq Rajeb Museum, Kuwait
Islamic cermics, textiles, jewellery,  metal work, manuscripts, costumes.

Texts of Islam. Sacred Texts

W

Web resources

Web Resources and Links, from Art and Archaeology
Islamic Art: The Middle East from 600 A.D.

Wikipedia entry on Islamic art.

Y

Yanabi.com An Islam internet portal. 24 hours news integration with:
– BBC News
– AlJazeera.net
– IslamOnline.net
– Islamicity.com
– Arabnews.com
1) Web based Quraan Research Tool
3) Prayer Time calculator for 6 million locations.
4) Web based Hadith (Islamic Literature) database.
5) User Forum: learn and share your knowledge with others.
6) Media Library with 2500 + Islamic Lectures by known Islamic Scholars.


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