Junod, Benoit and Alnoor Merchant, editors. “Spirit and Life Exhibition
Catalogue." Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2007.
The exhibitionSpirit and Lifewas presented in London in July-August 2007 and
brought together 168 art works from the Aga Khan Museum collection.
Manuscripts, calligraphies, miniatures, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, objects
of wood, stone, mother-of-pearl and precious jewels, they all come the Muslim
world at its full extension, from Spain to the Far East. They have been
organised into three main themes: the Word of God, Great Historical Courts, and
the Path of Princes.
The 200+ page catalogue, in full colour, follows the
sequence of the exhibition with not only full images of all the objects, but
many enlargements of details. It contains a foreword by His Highness the Aga
Khan, a preface by Luis Monreal, General Manager of AKTC, and an explanation of
the historical context by Azim Nanji, Director of theInstituteofIsmaili Studies. The introduction is by one of the
foremost experts on Islamic Arts, Dr. Sheila Canby of the Near East Department,BritishMuseum.
The catalogue entries are by Dr. Aimée Froom, former curator of Islamic art at
the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The catalogue contains a timeline and glossary
specially prepared by Alnoor Merchant, Institute of Ismaili Studies,London, and a double-gatefold map of the Islamic world
showing the provenance of many objects in the exhibition.