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Art and Islamic Cosmopolitanism

edited by Melia Belli Bose

University of Florida Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Middle Eastern, Islamic Studies, History
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    Aug 2021
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This richly illustrated volume highlights the history of Islamic cosmopolitanism as documented through works of art from the eighth century to the present; from the Mediterranean, North Africa, South Asia, and the United States; and including painting, architecture, textiles, calligraphy, photography, and animation. These essays examine Muslim artists, patrons, and collectors” engagement with global influences, as well as artistic exchange between Muslim and non-Muslim societies.

Drawing on Kwame Anthony Appiah's view of cosmopolitanism as respect for the differences among people and acknowledgment of a shared community across those differences, leading scholars offer case studies of art objects that illustrate such dynamics in the Islamic cultural sphere. In doing so, they bring Islamic art history into dialogue with Western European medieval art, Byzantine art, African art, global modern art, and American art and architecture. This timely volume demonstrates the importance of cultivating coexistence, becoming citizens of the world, and recognizing the possibilities of cultural intersections. It offers historical examples of such intersections, for which works of art provide a visual testament.

Contributors: Amyn B. Sajoo | Melia Belli Bose | Saleema Waraich | Marcus Milwright | William Tronzo | Aliaa El Sandouby | Alicia Walker | Manuela Ceballos | Mika Natif | Michelle Huntingford Craig | Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis | Vivek Gupta | Elizabeth Rauh

A volume in the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Manuscript Series, edited by Allysa B. Peyton

About the author

Melia Belli Bose, associate professor of South Asian art history at the University of Victoria, is the author of Royal Umbrellas of Stone: Memory, Politics, and Public Identity in Rajput Funerary Art and editor of Women, Gender and Art in Asia, c. 1500–1900.

Melia Belli Bose's profile page