The Islamic World

A History in Objects


A global history of the Islamic world, told through superb art objects and cultural artefacts dating from the 7th century to the present.


ISBN: 9780500480403 Category:

Ladan Akbarnia, Venetia Porter, Fahmida Suleman, William Greenwood, Zeina Klink-Hoppe, Amandine Mérat


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.

Additional information

Weight 972 g
Dimensions 17.6 x 24.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 8 October 2018
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.6 x 24.8 cm
Weight 972 g


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Ladan Akbarnia, Venetia Porter, Fahmida Suleman, William Greenwood, Zeina KlinkHoppe and Amandine Mérat all work in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum, London.