Byzantium and Islam

Byzantium and Islam

Age of Transition, 7th-9th Century

Book - 2012
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This magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. At the beginning of the 7th century, the Empire's southern provinces, the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, were at the crossroads of exchanges reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the 9th century, an unprecedented cross- fertilization of cultures had taken place. This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life in insightful contributions by leading international scholars, accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade-embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published- highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the newly forming Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, this illuminating publication provides a unique interpretation of a period that still resonates today.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art ; New Haven [Conn.] : Distributed by Yale University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780300179507
0300179502
9781588394583
1588394581
9781588394576
1588394573
Branch Call Number: 949.501 BYZANTI
Characteristics: xvii, 332 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 31 cm

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