Rivers of Paradise

Water in Islamic Art and Culture

Edited by Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

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For millennia the collection, distribution, and symbolism of water have played pivotal roles in the lands where Islam has flourished. This book is the first to address this important subject.

 

A diverse spectrum of scholars covers a wide range of topics: from the revelation of Islam in the 7th century to today’s conservation and development issues, from watering oases in the Moroccan desert to the flooded plains of Bengal. Copiously illustrated with beautiful color photographs and newly drawn plans and maps, this book  will provoke readers to appreciate and acknowledge the essential, if often invisible and transitory, roles that water played in the arts of the Islamic lands and beyond.

Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom have shared the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professorship in Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College since 2000 and the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2006. Their publications include Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power, The Art and Architecture of Islam, and The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture.

"[Rivers of Paradise] makes for lively reading. . . . [The] book is lavishly illustrated. Chapters such as 'Images of Water in Islamic Poetry and Gardens' and 'Ottoman Water Architecture' provide a comprehensive review of the subject."—Eric Gibson, The Wall Street Journal (Holiday Book Guide: Art)

"This is a large-format book with over 200 wonderful color photographs, ranging from close-ups of tiny rock-crystal amulets to sweeping landscapes. More than a magnificent picture book, it is also an important contribution to scholarship on a topic that surprisingly has not received direct, comprehensive attention. . . . Highly recommended."—L. Nees, Choice

Chosen for the Holiday Art Guide, Eric Gibson, Wall Street Journal
ISBN: 9780300158991
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Virginia Commonwealth University Museum of Fine Arts
384 pages, 9 x 11 1/2
30 b/w + 205 color illus.
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