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Islamic Art & Architecture & Literature : Getting Started

This guide will provide you information with about Islamic arts and literature and connect you with print and online resources.

WELCOME

Welcome to the LibGuide on Islamic Art & Architecture.

This resource will provide you with useful and authoritative resources on Islamic art & architecture.  Islamic art covers an historical range that extends geographically from Spain to the Middle East and to Southeast Asia.

Islamic art covers many different types of artistic creativity 
such as ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, carpets & textiles,
oil paintings & calligraphy.

ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE RESOURCES

SELECTED ART & ARCHITECTURE BOOKS

ISLAMIC ART & ARCHITECTURE

 

Buley Library's SouthernSearch will help you find books and other items in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) System. The following list will provide you with some subject headings for Islamic Art & Architecture. 

Use the advanced search and choose "Subject" from the drop down menu.

Islamic art is not just religious art but vibrantly represents all the artistic traditions of Islamic culture.  Of course, Islamic arts includes religious objects such as the Qur'an or a prayer rug, but also includes decorative books, carpets, textiles and pottery. Islamic architecture encompasses both the secular and religious styles and is considered one of the greatest art forms.

  • Crafts and decorative arts have a higher status than painting and sculptor
  • People will not appear in religious art
  • Calligraphy is a major art form
  • Writing has a high status in Islam
  • Books are a major art form

ISLAMIC ART INTRODUCTION

BRIDGING CULTURES MUSLIM JOURNEYS

 

 


Hilton C. Buley Library was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).  In Connecticut, 10 libraries were selected, with only 4 academic libraries chosen to participate.

Our library’s film and book collections were strengthened with the arrival of 25 books, 3 documentary films, and a one year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online provided by the award. Librarians, cultural programming experts and scholars provided their expertise and were responsible for selecting  the most reliable and authoritative sources. The collection is arranged in five broad themes: American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways to Faith, and Points of View.