The Aga Khan Program at Harvard University publishes scholarly works on the history of Islamic art and architecture. Established in 1983, Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World, is a volume of essays on art and architectural history. Muqarnas 38 is the most recent volume, edited by Gülru Necipoğlu and Maria J. Metzler.
Muqarnas 38 includes a biography of a Kufic-inscribed block in the 11th c. Ethiopian church of Wuqro Cherqos (Mikael Muehlbauer); an analysis of the Chand Minar, a 15th c. stone minaret built to commemorate the role of African and Indian officers in a key military victory (Mohit Manohar); a thorough assessment of Miftāḥ al-Fużalāʾ, an illustrated Persian dictionary, as an object of instruction (Vivek Gupta); and a reconstruction of three 16th c. royal gardens in Kabul, which influenced their counterparts in the Mughal metropoles of Hindustan and Safavid Iran (Laura Parodi). Youssef Ben Ismail examines the rise of the fez in the 17-18th c.; Sihem Lamine offers an interpretation of the Zaytuna minaret in Tunis (1892) as colonial object; Ridha Moumni demonstrates that native Tunisians had already laid the groundwork for the Bardo Museum, established by the French in 1888, through earlier archaeological activity. Sabiha Göloğlu dissects the relationship between photography and painting in analyzing Miʿmarzade Muhammed ʿAli’s oil-on-canvas painting of Mecca and Medina; Jacobé Huet appraises Le Corbusier’s Le Voyage d’Orient (1965) and shows how the author’s late edits transformed his youthful approach to traditional Mediterranean architecture. Anaïs Leone presents new data for reconstructing the luster tilework decoration of the tomb chamber of ʿAbd al-Samad’s shrine in central Iran; and Ignacio Ferrer Pérez-Blanco and Marie-Pierre Zufferey present an extensive study of five muqarnas capitals in the Alhambra, advancing a formal understanding of “Western” muqarnas capitals and establishing geometrical relationships that have long been unclear.
Textual primary sources for visual culture are featured in Supplements to Muqarnas. Fourteen of these volumes have now been published, the latest of which is Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4) (2 vols). The subject of this two-volume publication is an inventory of manuscripts in the book treasury of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, commissioned by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II from his royal librarian ʿAtufi in the year 908 (1502–3) and transcribed in a clean copy in 909 (1503–4). This unicum inventory preserved in the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Könyvtára Keleti Gyűjtemény, MS Török F. 59) records over 5,000 volumes, and more than 7,000 titles, on virtually every branch of human erudition at the time. Edited by Gülru Necipoğlu, Cemal Kafadar and Cornell H. Fleischer.
Both Muqarnas and Supplements to Muqarnas may be purchased through Brill.
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Aga Khan Program Editorial Office
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: Maria Metzler