This week’s book competition prize is The Islamic World: A History in Objects, published by the British Museum/Thames & Hudson. Click here for your chance to win.
This illustrated introduction offers a fresh approach to the history of the Islamic world from its origins to the present day. Told in six chapters, arranged both chronologically and thematically, and richly enhanced with outstanding images, it provides an illuminating insight into the material culture produced from West Africa to Southeast Asia through art and artefacts, people and places. From pre-Islamic works that provided a foundation for the arts of Islam to masterpieces produced under the great empires and objects that continue to be made today, this expansive survey traces the development of civilizations at the forefront of philosophical and scientific ideas, artistic and literary developments, and technological innovations, exploring a wealth of cultural treasures along the way. Texts are accompanied by a wide variety of objects, including architectural decoration, ceramics, jewellery, metalwork, calligraphy, textiles, musical instruments, coins, illustrated manuscripts, and modern and contemporary art, all of which shed new light on the Islamic world both past and present. This book will inspire and inform anyone interested in one of the most influential and diverse cultures of the world.
Answer the following question, by 10 p.m. on 19 October, to win a copy of The Islamic World: A History in Objects, published by the British Museum/Thames & Hudson.
Q: Which town in north-west Turkey produced the most highly prized Ottoman ceramics?
For our last competition prize we offered Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting by Bruce Edelstein and Davide Gasparotto (eds.) (Getty Publications).The question was:
Q: In which museum can you see Pontormo’s Portrait of a Halberdier?
Answer: the J. Paul Getty Museum
Congratulations to the winner, Ene Nixon