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Early Islamic World


This guide is intended to help you jump start your research on the early Islamic world, with an empahsis on decorative arts and architecture. If you need additional assitance with in-depth research in this area, feel free to stop by the Reference Desk at any time or make an appointment with the Reader Services Librarian. The BGC Librarians are here to help you!

The early Islamic world includes the geographic areas of the Middle East, Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, Egypt and North Africa, and extends into Spain and Central Asia. Ranging from the 5th to the 19th centuries, the Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Mamluk, and Ottoman Caliphates are covered.

This guide was compiled by Erin Elzi at the Bard Graduate Center Library.

Image above: Niche tile, Ilkhanid period (1206-1353), image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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