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ARTH 530: Islamic Art and Architecture: Getting Started

Library guide for the Art History 530 class

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Welcome to the Art History resource guide! Use this guide to find books, articles, images, and other resources about Islamic Art.

Like the other great traditions of world art, Islamic art is both instantly recognizable and extremely diverse in its forms. Broadly defined, Islamic art is art produced under the aegis of Islamic culture. Some of its manifestations, such as mosques and illuminated Qur’ans, are specifically religious, but many other examples of ‘Islamic’ art, from 8th-century Syrian wall paintings to 18th-century Moroccan pottery, are secular and reflect the taste and lives of the people for whom they were made.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries have a wealth of information in print and online about artists and their art.  Please contact me if you have need help with your research or to add suggestions to this guide.  For basic introductions, see the Oxford Art Online, "Islam" and "Islamic Art."

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