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ARTH 359: Islamic Art: Home

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Decorative motives above the entrance to Qutb Minar, Delhi

Image Credit: By chopr - originally posted to Flickr as Qutub Minar - Delhi, CC BY 2.0,

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  • Architecture Islamic
  • Architecture, Ottoman
  • Architecture Medieval Islamic Empire
  • Art Medieval Islamic Empire
  • Calligraphy Arabic
  • Islamic Decoration and Ornament
  • Islamic Illumination of Books and Manuscripts
  • Islamic Art
  • Islamic Art Themes Motives
  • Islamic Arts
  • Islamic Miniature Painting
  • Islamic Art Objects
  • Islamic Calligraphy
  • Islamic Glassware
  • Islamic Painting
  • Islamic Pottery
  • Islamic Art and Symbolism
  • Islamic Illumination of Books and Manuscripts
  • Islamic Decoration and Ornament
  • Islamic Textile Fabrics
  • Mosques
  • Muslim Women in Art
  • Muslims Art Patronage
  • Visual arts by Muslims

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    • Ayasofya Müzesi
    • Iznik Pottery, etc.
    • Mosques Spain Cordoba
    • Alhambra (Granada, Spain)
    • Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
    • Qubbat al-Ṣakhrah (Mosque : Jerusalem)
    • Topkapı  Palace (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • Mosques    Turkey   Istanbul
    • Kutubiyya  Mosque  (Marrakech, Morocco)
    • Islamic architecture   Egypt   Cairo
    • Mosques Iran
    • Architecture Safavid Iran Isfahan
    • Mosques   Saudi Arabia    Mecca
    • Bādshāhī   Mosque  (Lahore, Pakistan)
    • Jāmiʻ al-Umawī al-Kabīr ( Damascus, Syria)

In general, books about Islamic art are shelved in N 6260.

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