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Jane Jakeman

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The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

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British Museum’s Islamic art finally gets its fairy-tale ending

Restored Victorian galleries, funded by Albukhary Foundation and featuring screens by Ahmad Angawi, have transformed the presentation of the collection

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The sacrament of scripts: on calligraphy in Islamic art

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Credence and credulity: on Islamic art and the supernatural

This small book is ground-breaking, bringing to light Islamic beliefs and superstitions

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In brief: the Fabric of India

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Undermined by silence: lack of provenance is devastating flaw of al-Sabah collection catalogue

Scholarly assessment is greatly hampered by the lack of detail on where and how the objects were acquired

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The stones cry out: on Medieval art in war-torn Syria

The Ayyubid glories of Syria, now mostly in ruins

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Only for the rich: Islamic art is overshadowed by morally questionable Gulf labour conditions

Jane Jakeman reviews two very different takes on art in the Middle East

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Horns offer plenty in the Middle Ages

An exhaustive survey of medieval elephant ivories raises the question of what is the best way to convey complex information, says Jane Jakeman

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Politics

Reflections on art as an (ineffective) social expression

Jane Jakeman on art since the Arab Spring

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Iconography

Books: The ecumenicity of iconophobia

Christian, Jewish and Muslim anxieties about images

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Indefatigable enthusiasm in Saeb Eigner's book "Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran"

While one may not be familiar with some of the book's more niche digressions, Eigner's dexterity in referencing the ancient past never fails to impress