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Byzantium, Eastern Christendom and Islam

Art and the Crossroads of the Medieval Mediterranean. v. 1

By (author) Lucy-Anne Hunt
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pindar Press, London, United Kingdom
Published: 3rd Apr 1998
Dimensions: w 170mm h 240mm d 22mm
Weight: 1100g
ISBN-10: 1899828044
ISBN-13: 9781899828043
Barcode No: 9781899828043
The central theme of the articles reproduced in these two volumes is the role of the visual arts and architecture in the cultural interaction between medieval societies, Christian and Muslim, in the eastern Mediterranean. Visual forms of production and communication amongst Christian communities themselves, and between Christian and Muslim, are discussed within their specific social and political contexts. Placing the emphasis on areas which passed between Christian and Muslim raises questions of the formation of identities as well as the relationship of the periphery to the centre. Focusing on the areas of Egypt, Syria and Palestine in relation to Byzantium, Islam, and the West provides a framework for consideration of particular issues, especially the identity of particular communities. The core of the work considers the period between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, when these areas were at the centre of eastern Mediterranean politics, and seeks to interpret little known evidence in the light of political and cultural circumstances with an interdisciplinary approach as its starting point. Vol. I features papers on the legacy of Byzantine art, and the medieval Christian art of Egypt. Vol. II covers the Christian art of Medieval Syria, and the art of the Crusader states.

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