This book follows the historical developments of the Islamic dynasties and regions, showing the variety of their forms of artistic expression from the beginning until today. From decorative elements of buildings to calligraphy and the embellishment of everyday objects, ornamentation that is most characteristic of Islamic art form is displayed in all its richness.
Hardcover, 639 pages
November 30th 2004
(first published 2000)
This book is big and heavy, it is a history and architecture book, I did not read all of it since it would probably take a few months to get through, but I enjoyed the parts I read, and the pictures were high quality, if anything it made me want to travel more.
Markus Hattstein has studied early cultures and their secrets for over 30 years. He has studied sociology, philosophy, religion, and theology. He has written various books in the field of architecture, history of art. Today he lives in Berlin as a freelance author, lecturer, and editor.