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Trabelin' On: The Slave Journey to an Afro-Baptist Faith
ean: 9780691006031, isbn: 0691006032,
Mechal Sobel's fascinating study of the religious history of slaves and free blacks in antebellum America is presented here in a compact volume without the appendixes. Sobel's central thesis is that Africans brought their world views into North Ameri...
The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East
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ean: 9780691156415, isbn: 0691156417,
In the year 1000, the economy of the Middle East was at least as advanced as that of Europe. But by 1800, the region had fallen dramatically behind--in living standards, technology, and economic institutions. In short, the Middle East had failed to m...
ean: 9780691004044, isbn: 0691004048,
Using thousands and sometimes millions of pieces of colored stone or glass to create elaborate patterns or scenes is a painstaking and expensive way to decorate a surface. Yet the art of mosaic enjoyed spectacular success in the Graeco-Roman world, w...
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ean: 9780691074894, isbn: 0691074895,
The jali--a member of a hereditary group of Mandinka professional performers--is a charismatic but contradictory figure. He is at once the repository of his people's history, the voice of contemporary political authority, the inspiration for African ...
Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back
mpn: 2MD6NZ00036J, ean: 9780691092959, isbn: 0691092958,
This strikingly unusual and beautifully illustrated book represents a turning point in African art history. The authors draw on personal memories, interviews, and oral narratives to present twelve "case histories" of objects--or clusters of objects--...
The Age of Sinan: Architectural Culture in the Ottoman Empire
ean: 9780691123264, isbn: 0691123268,
During his tenure as Chief Royal Architect (1539-1588) in the "Golden Age" of the Ottoman Empire, Sinan designed hundreds of structures that helped create the renowned urban image of Istanbul, particularly mosques with seemingly weightless, light-fil...
The Color of Ivory
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ean: 9780691048185, isbn: 0691048185,
Carolyn Connor shows here that Byzantine ivory carvings--often assumed to have been monochromatic--were originally brightly colored. Most ivories today show no obvious traces of paint or stain, and many scholars believe that the Byzantines preferred ...
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