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  • The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    over a thousand years from the building of the Mosque of Amr in the seventh century to that of Muhammad Ali in the nineteenth Cairo is full of masterpieces of medieval art and architecture reflecting the status of Egypt as the centre of several significant Muslim empires The purpose of this book is to redress the cultural balance and examine the art and architectural treasures of Cairo from the Arab to the Ottoman conquests 642 1517 Set within an historical narrative the stylistic development of the visual arts is explained within changing religious social and political contexts Examples of the decorative arts ceramics glass woodwork metalwork textiles and manuscripts are examined in the Museum of Islamic Art Cairo and other major collections in Europe and the USA Architecture and the decorative arts are dealt with separately with detailed descriptions illustrating how the story of Islamic art and architecture is one of continuing adaptation and change By concentrating on Cairo s Islamic art and architecture Yeomans has created a study of Islamic style which is unprecedented in its historical scope Fully illustrated with over 200 vivid photographs plans and elevations and a comprehensive glossary of architectural terms this book will be

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  • Fifty-Three Years in Syria - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    details his memoirs of the country amongst the the balmy breezes its almond blossoms and wild flowers a complete contrast to the bleak blasts of wintry Boston which he had left behind In attempting to bring light into the dwellings the Mission faced opposition and problems such as the strong Muslim suspicion of Christians a hostile government and the corruption of the existing Christian sects One of the author s strongest personal motivations was to educate and empower girls and women who he saw as oppressed by Islam The Mission s course of action is discussed in detail it included helping reform the sects translating the Bible into Arabic and setting up many educational institutions one of which was the Syrian Protestant College later the American University of Beirut in 1866 During his time in Syria Jessup experienced great changes including the impact of the bloody massacres in 1860 and French occupation but by 1908 at the end of his career he truly believed that increased foreign interest in Syria and the political changes would enable the spread of the Gospel and mean the end of despotic Islam The two volumes together give us an unusual perspective on the history

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  • Four Centuries of Modern Iraq - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    the period before the early 16th century here he focuses on the least studied period after that time and up to the early 20th century Following the invasion of the Mongols in the 13th century Iraq entered a long period of decline as its land was plundered and destroyed Later it was a neglected part of the Ottoman Empire by which it was ruled from the 17th until the 19th century The author uses oriental sources the knowledge of local scholars and the experience of his long residence in Iraq to discuss the country s turbulent history He concludes that at the time of writing the early 20th century Iraq had made little progress since the 16th century It was still not ready for self government and had low standards of material life It did not make use of its resources and the government provided little liberty and rights for the governed We are left with a picture of a country that had once been great but whose occupation by other forces had left its growth sadly stunted and squandered a fascinating portrait of a country better known for its more recent history Hardback 146mm x 222mm 392 pages 30

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  • In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    the often difficult conditions under which their narratives were written Patterns running throughout include experiences of confinement subjugation the struggle for education and the eventual use of writing as an escape They speak of their own reasons for writing of how experiences in family life politics exile and even imprisonment have affected them and their work and of how their motivation has been both tested and reinforced by various setbacks

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  • The Father, the Son and the Pyjama-wearing Spirit - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    ever felt before Is he a superior being or is he psychotic Psychiatrist Joy Small is treating Gian Paolo and diagnoses him with early stage psychosis But as the events around her become extraordinary she starts to question this initial diagnosis and wonders if Gian Paolo actually does have some kind of divine power The question of who he really is becomes an obsession for her Until she finds the answer she won t know whether to publish the anti Christian creed he claims will save mankind or whether to bury his ideas quietly in a file If he is a Homo superior his deconstruction of Christianity is a revelation but if he s psychotic her Catholic beliefs are safe Through this novel the author presents his alternative philosophy on creation and the evolution of humankind The possibility that Gian Paolo could be the second coming of Christ creates space for a series of taboo shattering satires such as the analogy between Gian Paolo s relationship with his father and that of Man to God The novel challenges the biblical vision of heaven on earth as Gian Paolo reveals his wish that science would isolate the extraordinary elements of DNA

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  • Korea: Caught in Time - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    fascinating This book provides the first ever comprehensive history of early photography in Korea and identifies many previously unattributed images Photographs from key private collections and museum archives in Europe America and Russia are collected in this volume forming a unique anthology and giving insight into the cultural heritage of Korea The book includes the very first photographs ever taken on Korean soil by the famous war photographer Felice Beato He accompanied the American squadron of five ships which landed in 1871 to attempt to open Korea to trade His photographs show the subsequent fighting and the Korean people the Americans encountered Other early photographs include royal portraits taken in the 1890s Queen Min the last queen of Korea was assassinated by the Japanese in 1895 and the striking image presented here is the only known photograph of her With a wide range of pictures by the photographic pioneers who first travelled to the country including stereoscopes glass slides and albumen prints all reproduced in duotone plus hand tinted photographs reproduced in colour readers will for the first time be able to see the people the landscape the town life and the traditional crafts and costumes of Korea at the

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  • The Land of the Date (Folios Archive Library) - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    Hesperides is a lovely sight to behold a vision of delight indeed The date tree besides furnishing its abundant fruit so valuable as human food affords materials for a score and more of domestic uses It is thus well pronounced to be the most useful product of the vegetable kingdom A veritable boon and blessing in these desert bound lands of the date At the end of 1916 Cursetjee Manockjee Cursetjee a retired judge set out from Bombay on a journey to the Persian Gulf Despite the fact that he was nearly seventy and Basra was still considered a war zone at the time being the main base for the British campaign in Mesopotamia he was not deterred from making the trip It is a cheerful charming rather naive narrative with much of interest providing a lively picture of the major ports on both sides of the Gulf He took an interest in everything that he saw the technique of loading ships fisheries the pearl trade commerce in the bazaars architecture food and naturally date cultivation and describes them with almost boyish enthusiasm This is an entertaining instructive and far sighted account of the Gulf in the earlier part of

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  • Qu'ran Manuscripts in the Al-Haram Al-Sharif Islamic Museum, Jerusalem - Garnet Publishing Garnet Publishing
    Sharif Islamic Museum in the al Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem These preserved copies of the Qur an have been donated to the Mosque during various successive Islamic periods by individual Muslims rulers sultans princes ulama and others They differ in size calligraphy and ornamentation such as gold inlaying according to the technical and material resources available The entries are arranged chronologically and identified by the name of the donor if known and by a museum registration number Salameh gives a detailed account of each manuscript including its date dimensions binding illuminated opening pages and body text He summarizes the contents of any notations endowment texts or colophons and identifies any Qur anic verses that feature in the illuminated panels The book is richly illustrated with colour photographs showing every decorative element worthy of study As well as a detailed study of the selected manuscripts the book presents a general overview of the Museum s holdings and provides a textual history of the Qur an It describes the four types of script used in Qur an manuscripts and also the different types of binding and illumination Many rare pieces of note are included in the collection the calligraphic kufic copy of the Qur an dating back to the third fourth century is the earliest example of this type of calligraphy and ornamentation and the thirty part Maghribi Rab ah bequeathed by Sultan Abu al Hasan al Marini of Morocco in AH 750 is the only manuscript remaining from the three collections that he dispatched to the mosques of the three most holy cities of Islam Mecca Madina and Jerusalem In bringing these fascinating manuscripts to the attention of the world Khader Salameh hopes to generate concern for their preservation before the passage of time takes its toll upon them In conjunction with

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