Grabar, Oleg, editor. Muqarnas Volume II: An Annual on Islamic Art and Architecture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.
The Aga Khan Program at Harvard University publishes scholarly works on the history of Islamic art and architecture. Established in 1983, Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic Worldis devoted primarily to the history of Islamic art and architecture. Muqarnas, is a lively forum for discussion among scholars and students in the West and in the Islamic world. Subjects to be covered in its pages will include the whole sweep of Islamic art and architectural history up to present time, with attention devoted as well to aspects of Islamic culture, history, and learning.
Volume II: The Art of the Mamluks. The Mamluks were members of a ruling warrior caste prominent Egypt between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, a period of enourmous artistic changes all over the Mediterranean. This volume. the work of leading experts in the field of Mamluk art, is the first attempt to present the artistic creativity of a single area in a single period in the Muslim world. These articles examine in turn Mamluk court life, Cairo's area and population in Mamluk times, urbanization and monument construction in Mamluk Cairo, residential architecture, the Haram documents, Mamluk astronomy, the decline of the Mamluk metalwork industry, Mamluk pottery, textiles, calligraphy, and painting.