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Age of Transition

Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World

Helen C. Evans (Editor), Lyle Humphrey (Contributions by), Lisa Brody (Contributions by), Carol Snow (Contributions by), Edward Bleiberg (Contributions by), Steven Fine (Contributions by), Annie Labatt (Contributions by), Hieromonk Justin of Sinai (Contributions by), Lawrence Nees (Contributions by), Robert Schick (Contributions by), Alan Gampel (Contributions by), Arnold E. Franklin (Contributions by), Gabriele Mietke (Contributions by)


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In 2012 the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, a groundbreaking exhibition that explored the transformations and continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. During this time of historic upheaval, Christian and Jewish communities encountered the world of Islam, resulting in unprecedented cross-cultural exchange. The catalogue for Byzantium and Islam received the 2014 World Book Award as the best new book on Islamic studies, presented by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Religious Guidance. This new volume expands upon the subject, bringing together eleven papers by internationally distinguished scholars delivered in symposia and Scholars' Days during the exhibition, with a new introduction by Helen C. Evans. These writings provide new information about the impact of Byzantine culture, both Christian and Jewish, during the development and early years of Islamic rule in the eastern Mediterranean and across North Africa, and reconsider traditional concepts about the origin of Islamic art.

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9780300211115, 160pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

About the Author

Helen C. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.