An impressive collection of essays by distinguished scholarly authors to celebrate the career of Robert Hillenbrand.
Carole and Robert Hillenbrand are acclaimed academics who have made immense contributions to the fields of Islamic history and art history. The respect and affection of the academic community towards them is legendary. For these two volumes, editors Ali Ansari and Melanie Gibson have gathered a wide-ranging selection of scholarly essays by some of their longstanding colleagues as well as by recent students who now occupy academic positions across the world. The volume dedicated to Robert Hillenbrand includes thirteen articles on subjects which include studies on a rare 8th-century metal dish with Nilotic scenes, Chinese Qur’ans, the process of image making in both theory and practice, and a shrine in Mosul destroyed by ISIS.
Robert Hillenbrand is a Fellow of of the British Academy, Emeritus Professor in Islamic Art History at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of St Andrews.
Melanie Gibson is Senior Editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series. Her publications focus on sculpture, ceramics and glass produced around the Islamic world.
Melanie Gibson and Ali Ansari
Robert Hillenbrand: An Appreciation 8
Robert Hillenbrand: Publications 10
A Builder of Mosques: The Projects of al-Walid I, from Sanaa to Homs 16
Back to Tulul al-Ukhaydir 50
Twin Minarets in the Architecture of Iran 64
Memorial for a Memorial: The Mashhad of Imam ʿAwn al-Din and the Destruction of Medieval Monuments in Mosul by ISIS 78
Richard P. McClary
David Talbot Rice and Persian Art History 92
Beyond the Beholder’s Share: Painting as Process 100
Marga ret S. Graves
Blurred Boundaries: Interactions Between Royal Ateliers and Commercial Workshops in the Persianate World 132
Udayan Da niel Ghose
Some New Uses of the Geniza: Mercantile Letter—On the Materiality of Writing in the Indian Ocean World 158
Elizabeth La mbourn
Beyond the Taklamakan: The Origins and Stylistic Development of Qurʾan Manuscripts in China 180
Syrian Nilotics and the History of Silver Inlay in the Near East 200
An Ayyubid-era Figural Ivory: A Sculptural Miniature 222
‘Healing for what is in the Breasts’: Ceramic Breastfeeding Figures from the Medieval Islamic World 240
Chinese Porcelains from the Ardabil Shrine: Collecting and Display in Iran 268
Author Biographies 286
‘Fruit of Knowledge, Wheel of Learning contains a series of essays as engaging and diverse in their interests and subject matters as the man they celebrate. As many of the contributors are Robert Hillenbrand’s former students, they also testify to his abilities as a learned and inspiring teacher.’
–Scott Redford, Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London
‘In its thematic breadth, intellectual depth, and innovative thinking Fruit of Knowledge, Wheel of Learning is indeed a befitting academic tribute to honour one of the giants in the field of Islamic art today. At the same time, it speaks of Robert’s outstanding calibre as a teacher and mentor, fostering the next generation of scholarly thought leaders at the top of their game.’
–Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
‘This beautifully produced volume ranges in time from early Islam to early modernity, in geography from Anatolia to China, and in medium from architecture to the portable arts, painting and paper. The extraordinary range of the contributors’ essays offers a fitting tribute to the inspiring and pioneering scholarship of a towering figure in the history of Islamic art and architecture.’
–Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, New York University