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Vartan of Nazareth: Missionary and Medical Pioneer in the Nineteenth-century Middle East

Vartan of Nazareth: Missionary and Medical Pioneer in the Nineteenth-century Middle East, is the little-known story of a medical pioneer and missionary who founded a hospital in Nazareth 150 years ago. This book traces the remarkable life of Pacradooni Kaloost Vartan, the son of a poor Armenian tailor in Constatinople (modern day Istanbul). Born in 1835 at a time of great change in the Ottoman Empire, the young Vartan attended the first American missionary school in the imperial city. He left school to join the British Army as an interpreter in the Crimea and, having witnessed the rigours of battlefield medicine, he was drawn to a career as a surgeon and physician. More

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq

Accompanying a major scholarly exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, this book explores one of the most beautiful and enigmatic objects in The Courtauld’s collection: a brass container richly inlaid with gold and silver, imitating a lady’s textile or leather bag, and probably made in Mosul in northern Iraq around 1300. More

Pages of the Qur’an: The Lygo Collection

The outstanding Lygo Collection of Qur’an manuscripts, which date from around a century after the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 CE to the middle of the 16th century, includes pages from some of the most celebrated manuscripts of the period as well as lesser-known ones, and provide a comprehensive overview of stylistic developments in Qur’anic calligraphy and illumination. More

Decorative Textiles from Arab & Islamic Cultures: Selected Works from the Al Lulwa Collection

The exceptional collection of Islamic textiles published here ranges widely in region, material and technique. There are exquisite textiles and garments from North Africa, Syria, Arabia, Iran, Turkey and the Indian subcontinent are linked by a shared vocabulary of ornament – evidence of the international nature of Islamic design. The strengths of the collection are concentrated in the textile production of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which continue the traditions established in the medieval Islamic world. More

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