Muqarnas, "An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World," volume 37 available Nov 2020

October 16, 2020
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Muqarnas 37

Gülru Necipoğlu (Editor) and Maria J. Metzler (Managing Editor)

Muqarnas 37 introduces new research on Islamic material culture ranging from Abbasid period mosaics to the early twentieth-century art market. Featured articles include Charles Melville’s introduction of a chronicle that sheds light on the architectural program of Shah ʿAbbas I, in particular his patronage of the dynastic shrine at Ardabil. From the Ottoman period, two essays discuss painted manuscripts: the first traces shifting representations of urban space in late sixteenth-century Istanbul, and the second focuses on sumptuous objects—namely, candy gardens and decorated palms—accompanying the extraordinary 1720 circumcision festival under Sultan Ahmed III. Another article seeks to unravel the mysterious origins of an unusually sophisticated painting of Mecca from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Other topics covered are archaeological finds in Tunisia, and the legacy of Russian modernization efforts in the architecture of East Anatolia, especially the city of Kars. The Notes and Sources section examines the waqfiyya of the earliest surviving Halveti lodge in Amasya, as well as the function of various types of lamps in contemporary Pakistani Sufi shrines.

Hardback, ISBN: 978-90-04-43192-8, Publication Date: 18 Nov 2020. For more details regarding Muqarnas 37, please visit the publisher's website.


The October 2020 Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting Virtual Conference (October 5-17) was held virtually. However, Brill publishers would like to offer a closer look at some of the titles that they would have been displayed at the exhibit, including Muqarnas 37, Muqarnas 36, and Supplements to Muqarnas: Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library, (1502/3-1503/4). Click here to download the MESA booklist. There is a 50% conference discount on these books with discount code: 71293. The discount is valid until December 31 2020, only for individuals ordering directly through Brill. No further discounts or ordering channels apply. Use the discount code at checkout in the online webshop ( Or, alternatively, order books via (the Americas) or (outside the Americas) and mention the discount code.

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