Bush, Olga and Avinoam Shalem, editors. Muqarnas Volume XXXII: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2015.
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 World, devoted primarily to the history of Islamic art and architecture, 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.
Muqarnas 32, subtitled “Gazing Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing In
and Beyond the Lands of Islam” and guest edited by Olga Bush and
Avinoam Shalem, is the outcome of a two-day conference (“Gazing
Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing”) held at the Kunsthistorisches
Institut in Florence in October 2012. Along with introductions by
each of the guest editors, the volume contains ten articles that
examine the gaze and the aesthetic experience of the beholder as
they are constructed, depicted, and theorized within the culture specic frameworks pertinent to the eld of Islamic studies,
through approaches developed in the elds of art history, visual
culture, and anthropology.