Byzantium, Eastern Christendom and Islam: Art at the Crossroads of the Medieval Mediterranean Volume I


24 x 17 cm
366 pp. 189 illus.
Publication: 1998
ISBN 1 899828 04 4
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 04 3

Book Description

The central theme of the articles reproduced in these two volumes is the role of the visual arts and architecture in the cultural interaction between medieval societies, Christian and Muslim, in the eastern Mediterranean. Visual forms of production and communication amongst Christian communities themselves, and between Christian and Muslim, are discussed within their specific social and political contexts. Placing the emphasis on areas which passed between Christian and Muslim raises questions of the formation of identities as well as the relationship of the periphery to the centre.

Focusing on the areas of Egypt, Syria and Palestine in relation to Byzantium, Islam, and the West provides a framework for consideration of particular issues, especially the identity of particular communities. The core of the work considers the period between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, when these areas were at the centre of eastern Mediterranean politics, and seeks to interpret little known evidence in the light of political and cultural circumstances with an interdisciplinary approach as its starting noint.

Vol. I features papers on the legacy of Byzantine art, and the medieval Christian art of Egypt. Vol. II covers the Christian art of Medieval Syria, and the art of the Crusader states.

Volume I Contents

  • Introduction
  • Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art: The Byzantine Mosaics of Jordan in Context: Remarks on Imagery, Donors and Mosaicists
  • Comnenian Aristocratic Palace Decoration: Descriptions and Islamic Connections
  • Iconic and Aniconic: Unknown Thirteenth Century and Fourteenth Century Byzantine Icons from Cairo in their Woodwork Settings
  • Note on an Unknown ‘Italo-Cretan’ Icon in Cairo
  • Note on a Sixteenth-Century Cretan Crucifixion Icon in Egypt (with S. Skálová)
  • Christian Art in Medieval Egypt: The Commissioning of a Late Twelfth Century Gospel book: The Frontispieces of MS Paris, Bibl. Nat. Copte 13
  • The Fine Incense of Virginity: a late Twelfth-Century Wallpainting of the Annunciation at the Monastery of the Syrians, Egypt
  • Christian-Muslim Relations in Painting in Egypt, Twelfth to mid-Thirteenth Centuries: Sources of Wallpainting at Deir es Suriani and the illustration of the New Testament MS Paris, Copte-Arabe 1/Cairo, Bibl. 94
  • The al-Mu’allaqa Doors
  • Reconstructed: An Early Fourteenth-Century Sanctuary Screen from Old Cairo
  • Churches of Old Cairo and Mosques of Al-Qahira: A Case of Christian-Muslim Interchange
  • Christian Manuscript production under Ottoman Rule: Note on an Illustrated Seventeenth-Century Copto-Arabic Lectionary in Cairo
  • Addenda
  • Index

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Volume II

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