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POWER AND PROTECTION: ISLAMIC ART AND THE SUPERNATURAL. Francesca Leoni et al. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Antique Collectors' Club, New York. 120 pp. 27 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781910807095 In English.
Due date: December 2016. Publisher's description: Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural is a ground-breaking investigation of divinatory arts in the Islamic world discussing their impact on, and expression through, material culture. This part of the Islamic tradition has hitherto received limited attention, leaving a fascinating and rich chapter of Islam s cultural production largely unexplored. Essays by three leading experts contextualize over 100 extraordinary objects produced between the twelfth and the twentieth centuries - including personal ornaments, weaponry, textiles, miniature books, and scrolls - demonstrating the currency of astrology, geomancy, bibliomancy, dream interpretation, and the science of divination through letters at all levels of society. Insights gleaned from historical sources unveil and chart the animated debates surrounding divinatory 'sciences', reflecting changing attitudes towards these practices over the centuries. Thoroughly researched and richly illustrated, Power and Protection offers a stimulating and accessible introduction to this topic for the general reader as well as a fresh and well-balanced account for the specialist.
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Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 174817
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