Brill Middle East & Islamic Studies Author in Focus

November 1, 2011

Gülru Necipoğlu, (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986) is the Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She has been the editor of Muqarnas: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture and Supplements to Muqarnas since 1993.

Professor Necipoğlu is the author of Architecture, Ceremonial Power: The Topkapi Palace(1991); The Topkapi Scroll, Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (1995); and The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in theOttoman Empire (2005). Her Topkapi Scroll won the Albert Hourani Book Award and the Spiro Kostof Book Award. The Age of Sinan has been awarded the Fuat Köprülü Book Prize in Turkish Studies.

Publications from professor Necipoğlu in the Muqarnas series are “Frontiers of Islamic Art and Architecture, Essays in Celebration of Oleg Grabar’s Eightieth Birthday” co-edited with Julia Bailey (The Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture Thirtieth Anniversary Special Volume: Muqarnas vol. 25, 2008), “Historiography and Ideology: Architectural Heritage in the Lands of Rum,” the proceedings of a symposium organized with Dr. Sibel Bozdogan, held at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 12 May, 2006 (Published as a special issue of Muqarnas, vol. 24, 2007) and Sinan’s Autobiographies: A Critical Edition of Five Sixteenth-Century Texts. Critical Edition and translation by Howard Crane and Esra Akin, edited with a preface by Gülru Necipoğlu (Supplements to Muqarnas, vol. 11, 2006).