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Islamic art and architecture
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1. Art

1.1. Concept and definition

“Islamic art,” “art of Islam,” or “art of the Islamic peoples” - even the correct terminology is controversial and lays bare the difficulties of identifying and defining the subject. Islamic art is understood as meaning the artistic production created by peoples or societies in which a majority or dominant minority felt indebted to Islamic religion and culture. Individual artists might well be of a different religion (Christi…

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Gierlichs, Joachim, “Islamic art and architecture”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 16 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021532>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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