By: Nuzhat Kazmi
Islamic Art is a product of certain forceful factors that created a cultural milieu that was centred on the religious ethos and intellectual affinities inspired by Islam and its followers. No art can grow in isolation and nor did Islamic art. From its early manifestations to this date, it has taken from other cultural traditions and has also given to different social structures and visual languages of the world. This book looks at the artistic output of the Islamic civilization through the centuries, from the time of its inception to its interpretations in the contemporary world. The author has brought the inclusive as well as the exclusive qualities of this great tradition of the world with the empathy and seriousness that this unique art demands.
Born in Allahabad, Nuzhat Kazmi graduated from the University of Allahabad and did her masters in Art History from the prestigious M. S. University, Baroda. She did her M. Phil from the University of Delhi, exploring the European and Mughal interaction in representational arts. From 1990 to 1993, she was a Commonwealth scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She travelled and explored Europe, with its immense art, historical institutions and sites, with a passion that has never ceased for her. Nuzhat Kazmi lives in New Delhi, where she heads the department of Art History and Art Appreciation at the Jamia Millia Islamia University.
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