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Islamic Art & Architecture

A guide to library resources and open access external sites useful for the study of Islamic art and architecture.

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Key texts

Please also refer to your course’s online Resource List on Learn. The following are key texts, not a complete comprehensive reading list:

Bearman, P.J. (2009) Encyclopaedia of Islam, Leiden: Brill.

Benoît, J., (2012) Islamic Art and the Museum: Approaches to Art and Archaeology of the Muslim World in the twenty-first century, London: Saqi

Brice, W.C. (1981) An Historical Atlas of Islam, Leiden: Brill.

Blair, S.S. and Bloom, J. (1994) The Art and Architecture of Islam 1250-1800, Conn.: Yale University Press.

Bloom, J. and Blair, S.S. Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (3 vols.) (2009) Oxford: OUP.

Carey, M., (2014) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, London: Lorenz.

Ettinghausen, R. and Grabar, O. and Jenkins, M. (2001) Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250, 2nd edn. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Flood, F.B. and Necipoğlu, G. (2017) A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

Grove Dictionary of Art: see Oxford Art Online, at the A-Z of databases, and also via DiscoverEd.

Grabar, O. (1987) The Formation of Islamic Art, Rev. and enl. edn. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Hillenbrand, R. (1994) Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning, New York: Columbia University Press.

Hillenbrand, R. (1999) Islamic Art and Architecture, London: Thames and Hudson.

Milwright, M. (2010) An Introduction to Islamic Archaeology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Milwright, M. (2017) Islamic Arts and Crafts: An Anthology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Petersen, A. (1996) Dictionary of Islamic Architecture, London: Routledge. [also searchable online through Archnet]

Ruggles, D.F. (2011) Islamic Art and Visual Culture: An Anthology of Sources, Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Vernoit, S. (2000) Discovering Islamic Art: Scholars, Collectors and Collections, 1850-1950, London: I.B. Tauris.

Key journals and journal databases

Key journals held by the University of Edinburgh Libraries:

  • Muqarnas
  • Ars Orientalis
  • al-Masaq: Islam and the medieval Mediterranean

Key journal article databases subscribed to by the University of Edinburgh libraries:

Index Islamicus

This database is listed on the A-Z of library databases and is also listed on DiscoverEd.

For the complete list of history of art related databases please click here

Internet resources for Islamic Art & Architecture


Archnet, based at MIT, is a global open access multimedia library on the built environment of Muslim societies.

Encyclopaedia Iranica

The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Guide to Research in Islamic Art & Architecture (Harvard University):

Islamic Art Historiography, ed. by Moira Carey and Margaret S. Graves. Special issue of The Journal of Art Historiography 6 (June 2012)

Manar al-Athar

The Manar al-Athar website, based at the University of Oxford, provides high resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, and publication.

Museum With No Frontiers: Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Database & Exhibitions


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