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1st Edition

Rediscovering Objects from Islamic Lands in Enlightenment Europe

ISBN 9780367609474
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
188 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book argues that the provenance of early modern and medieval objects from Islamic lands was largely forgotten until the "long" eighteenth century, when the first efforts were made to reconnect them with the historical contexts in which they were produced.

For the first time, these Islamicate objects were read, studied and classified – and given a new place in history. Freed by scientific interest, they were used in new ways and found new homes, including in museums. More generally, the process of "rediscovery" opened up the prehistory of the discipline of Islamic art history and had a significant impact on conceptions of cultural boundaries, differences and identity.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in the history of art, the art of the Islamic world, early modern history and art historiography.

Table of Contents


Isabelle Dolezalek and Mattia Guidetti 

Part I: Changing Perceptions

1. Changing Perceptions of Middle Eastern Objects and Cultures in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Anna Contadini 

2. Reading Ottoman Banners in the State of the Church

Mattia Guidetti 

Part II: Protagonists

3. Oluf Gerhard Tychsen: Orientalist and Object Interpreter in Rostock

Isabelle Dolezalek 

4. Beyond Manuscripts: Maronite Christians as Object Interpreters in Early Modern Europe

Tobias Mörike

Part III: Whose Heritage?

5. The "Baptistère de Saint Louis": The Making of a "Historical Monument"

Carine Juvin

6. "Nuestros árabes"? The Rediscovery of Spanish Islamic Architecture from an Enlightened Gaze

Miriam Cera Brea

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Isabelle Dolezalek is Junior Professor of History of Art at the University of Greifswald, Germany.

Mattia Guidetti is Senior Assistant Professor of History of Islamic Art at the University of Bologna, Italy.