The nine essays in this volume were first presented at the Historians of Islamic Art Association’s (HIAA) seventh biennial symposium entitled ‘Regime Change’ and they highlight some of the regimes of thought and changing trends that structure the field of Islamic art history. The authors present new research exploring the intentions of patrons, the agency of craftsmen and their responses to previous artistic production, thereby allowing artefacts and monuments to
be set within their historical, social and artistic contexts.
In their contributions Annabel Teh Gallop, Dmitry Bondarev and Umberto Bongianino discuss significant changes to Qurʾan production due to dynastic and political regime changes in Sumatra and the Malay peninsula, and in Borno and Morocco in Africa. Corinne Mühlemann looks at changes in the role and status of designers and weavers making silk in Khurasan in the post-Mongol period. Lisa Golombek, Michael Chagnon, and Farshid Emami explore Safavid art and architecture, focusing on the material and sensorial qualities of a group of tiled arch panels with narrative scenes, a delicately painted vase and the clocks of the main square of seventeenth-century Isfahan. Regime change also comes about through technological shifts and in their essays Ulrich Marzolph and Yasemin Gencer ask how the rise of photography and new printing techniques shaped the production, exchange and transmission of images in Iran and Turkey.
Christiane Gruber is Professor of Islamic Art in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan as well as Founding Director of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online. Her scholarship explores medieval to contemporary Islamic art, especially figural representation, depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, book arts, architecture, and visual and material cultures. Two recent publications include The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images (Indiana University Press, 2019) and The Image Debate: Figural Representation in Islam and Across the World (GINGKO, 2019).
Bihter Esener is Lecturer of medieval Mediterranean and Islamic art in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan. She is an art historian of the visual and material cultures of the medieval Islamic world, with a special interest in Armenian, Byzantine, and Persian-Islamic artistic exchange and cultural encounters in medieval Anatolia, the SouthCaucasus, and the Eastern Mediterranean. She is one of the founding members of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online.
Contributors: Dmitry Bondarev, Umberto Bongianino, Michael Chagnon, Farshid Emami, Annabel Teh Gallop, Yasemin Gencer, Lisa Golombek, Ulrich Marzolph, Corinne Mühlemann.