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Books by MWNF Partners

2010, Paperback
Title A Beacon of Islamic Art and Civilisation
352 pages, 448 colour illustrations, 1 plans
Country مصر
Author(s) Mohamed Abbas, General Director, Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo; Art Director: Hussein El-Shahat
Photographer(s) Boulos Isaak; Sandro Vannini; Mohamed Seif El Din; Kyrolos Barsoum
Publisher(s) Supreme Council of Antiquities
Languages العربية.
Description This is the first commemorative book of the Museum of Islamic Art, published in 2010 on the occasion of the conclusion of the renovation work that was begun in 2003, the centenary of the Museum’s inauguration on 28 December 1903.

The book presents a comprehensive study of the Museum’s collections with an introduction that encompasses its history and the stages of the development of Islamic art. These can be traced through the presentation of the most important masterpieces that represent all the branches of Islamic art in the various sections: rugs and textiles; glass and ceramics; numismatics; stone and marble; and coins, weights, insignia and medals.

The study includes a full description of each section and the stages that formed its collections, together with a study of the characteristics of each period of Islamic Empire. The book boasts a large number of plates illustrating the outstanding acquisitions in each section.

This is the first book of its kind to provide a comprehensive presentation of the Museum’s acquisitions, enabling the reader to understand the extent to which Islamic art and culture attained an excellence that illuminated all civilisations in the Middle Ages.

The Museum of Islamic Art, with a collection that covers all branches of Islamic art throughout the ages and across countries, is truly a beacon of Islamic art and civilisation.
Formats, Prices & Orders
Arabic version

Paperback [2010, 240 mm x 310 mm, available]
Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, ISBN 9789777041991


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