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The Islamic Art Network was established in January 2002 to serve researchers and scholars in the field of Islamic art and architecture and to acquaint the non-specialist with the field.

 

The Islamic Art Network News

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On December 22nd, 2003 the Islamic Art Network celebrated the opening of its joint exhibition with the American University in Cairo Creswell’s Cairo: Then and Now. The opening was attended by His Excellency Shaykh Dr. Ali Jum‘a, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Prof. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, His Excellency Sir Derek Plumbly, British Ambassador to Egypt and Prof. David Arnold, President of the American University in Cairo. Go to Virtual Exhibition.

The Islamic Art Network currently consists of:

Comité Bulletins

The complete collection of the Bulletins of the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l'Art Arabe in French and Arabic. The Bulletins are a standard resource for the study of the Islamic architecture of Cairo as they describe the restoration work on all its Islamic monuments between 1882 - 1953. They include photographs, drawings, and plans of buildings that have disappeared and of others distorted by later restoration work. For this reason they are invaluable. They also have full descriptions of these monuments and their historical backgrounds.

Photo Archive

A Photo Archive consisting of a searchable database of contemporary photographs of Islamic buildings. The Network is currently documenting photographically all Islamic monuments in Egypt and in the future those of other important cities such as Isfahan, Istanbul, Damascus and Fez.

Creswell Exhibition

Creswell’s Cairo: Then and Now; a virtual exhibition in honour of the Professor Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell
which has taken a selection of the black and white photographs from his photo archive at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and matched these with colour photographs shot from an identical perspective in the year 2003.

 

Books Online

This section of the Network makes available an excellent collection of out of print books on Islamic history, art and architecture, in a database that enables one to view and browse them easily. This is a work in progress, as additional books will be posted over time.

Articles Online

This section of the Network makes available an excellent collection of articles on Islamic history, art and architecture, in a database that enables one to view and browse them easily. This is a work in progress, as additional articles will be posted over time.

Technical Glossary

A glossary of terms necessary for the study of the history of Islamic art and architecture.

 


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