Art Spots, Pathways of Faith

The Art of Hajj
by Venetia Porter

In the Qur’an, Muslims are instructed that at least once in their lives they must take part in the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the spiritual center of the Islamic world . Over the centuries, artists, craftspeople, and others have found innumerable ways to articulate the experience, from calligraphy to decorative tiles and textiles, even scientific instruments, maps, and metalwork. These and other media of expression are captured in this profusely illustrated book by distinguished curator Venetia Porter.

Northampton, Mass.:Interlink Books, 2012


Venetia Porter is a curator at the British Museum responsible for its collection of Islamic art, and was a curator of the recent exhibition Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, from which this Muslim Journeys Bookshelf title is drawn. Porter studied Arabic and Islamic art at Oxford University and holds a PhD in the medieval history and architecture of Yemen from the University of Durham. Among her other publications are Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (2006) and Islamic Tiles (1995, reprinted 2005).

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