Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Muslim World

Image Making in Byzantium, Sasanian Persia and the Early Muslim World

By Anthony Cutler
Ashgate Publishing, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7546-5949-5

In this third collection of papers published by Ashgate, Anthony Cutler turns his attention to relations between Byzantium and ‘the East’, though this generic concept embraces societies as far afield as Islamic Andalusia and Sasanian Persia. The thirteen studies in this book investigate not only questions of influence and appropriation, but also examples of hybridity and rejection in the name of cultural self-determination.


Visual communities in Byzantium and medieval Islam

Silver across the Euphrates: forms of exchange between Sasanian Persia and the late Roman empire


Constantinople and Córdoba: cultural exchange and cultural differences in the 9th and 10th centuries

Ivory working in Umayyad Córdoba: techniques and implications; A Christian ewer with Islamic imagery and the question of Arab gastarbeiter in Byzantium

The image of the word in Byzantium and Islam: an essay in art historical geodesy

Gifts and gift exchange as aspects of the Byzantine, Arab, and related economies

Everywhere and nowhere: the invisible Muslim and Christian self-fashioning in the culture of Outremer

The emperor’s old clothes. Actual and virtual vesting and the transmission of power in Byzantium and Islam


The parallel universes of Arab and Byzantine art (with special reference to the Fatimid era)

Tiles and tribulations: a community of clay across Byzantium and its adversaries

Imagination and documentation: eagle silks in Byzantium, the Latin West, and ‘Abbasid Baghdad

Reuse or use? Theoretical and practical attitudes toward objects in the early Middle Ages

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