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Islamic Empires (History in Art)

by Nicky Barber

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This was a good beginning for me as I try to absorb some history of Islamic Empires. The book is visually appealing with color plates throughout, as well as brief. Using art (architecture, textiles, painting, illustrations) as a hook to transmit facts is a good starting point, since I find chronological history rather dry.. (The book is part of a History in Art series published by Reed Elsevier, Inc.)

I had to work a bit to figure out chronology (yes, there is a timeline in the back), but that is OK with me since history is never clear cut (the Umayyad Empire fell here, no wait, there is still a piece of it over here!) Now my only problem is figuring out which time period or type of art I want to follow in more depth. ( )
  markon | Nov 10, 2012 |
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Explores the major Islamic empires throughout history, using art and artefacts from the period to illustrate the information.

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