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Reflections of Heaven on Earth

These images from the Conway Library reflect themes in the magnificent exhibition of Islamic Art from the State Hermitage Museum and The Khalili Collection, now on show in the Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House.

Lindy Grant

A note on dates and transliteration

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom "There are some 'scientific systems' of transliteration, helpful to people who know enough Arabic not to need helping, but a wash-out for the world."

Calligraphy

Merchants

Palaces

Eastern Architecture through Western Eyes

Reading list

Mikhail Piotrovsky, J.M. Rogers, A. A. Ivanov, Heaven on Earth: Art from Islamic Lands, pub. Prestel Publishing Ltd, 01/03/2004 www.amazon.co.uk

Robert Hillenbrand, Islamic Architecture: Form Function and Meaning, pub. Columbia University Press, 30/04/2004 www.amazon.co.uk

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