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Jonathan Bloom

fine arts department

Jonathan Bloom

Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art

(Jointly Held)

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1980

Devlin Hall 433
Telephone: 617-552-8595
Email: jonathan.bloom@bc.edu

Curriculum Vitae*

Fields of Interest

Islamic art and architecture, the history of paper, art in the medieval Mediterranean world.

Academic Profile

Professor Bloom teaches courses on the history of Islamic art and architecture. He also offers undergraduate seminars on such subjects as the arts of medieval Spain and the history of Cairo. His research has explored the history and development of the minaret, the history of paper, and the art of the Fatimid dynasty in North Africa and Egypt. He has written several books with Sheila S. Blair, his wife and co-holder of the Calderwood Chair, with whom he also served as principal consultant acclaimed documentary Islam: Empire of Faith, shown nationally on PBS. He is currently working on a book about architecture in the Western Islamic lands.

Publications

bookcover The Minaret

The Minaret (Edinburg University Press, 2013)

bookcover of Paper Before Print

Paper Before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World (Yale University Press, 2001). Winner of the Charles Rufus Morey Award (2003) of the College Art Association, and honorable mention for the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, all 2002. Selected as an ACLS Humanities E-Book.

bookcover of Early Islamic Art and Architecture

Early Islamic Art and Architecture [The Formation of the Classical Islamic World: 600-950] (Ashgate, 2002).

bookcover of Minaret: Symbol of Islam

Minaret: Symbol of Islam. [Oxford Studies in Islamic Art VII] (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989).

Co-written or edited with Sheila Blair

Cosmophilia

Cosmophilia: Islamic Art from the David Collection, Copenhagen (Boston College: McMullen Museum, Chestnut Hill, 2006)

bookcover of Diverse are their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture

Diverse are their Hues: Color in Islamic Art and Culture [The Third Hamad bin Khalifa Biennial Symposium on Islamic Art] (Yale University Press, 2011).

bookcover of Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture

Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture [The Second Hamad bin Khalifa Biennial Symposium on Islamic Art] (Yale University Press, 2009).

bookcover of The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2009)  Winner of the 2010 World Prize for the Book of the Year from the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of Islamic Studies.

bookcover of Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power

Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power (Yale University Press, 2001).

bookcover of Islamic Arts

Islamic Arts (Phaidon, 1997).

bookcover of The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800

The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250 - 1800. [The Pelican History of Art] (Yale University Press, 1994).

bookcover of Images of Paradise in Islamic Art

Images of Paradise in Islamic Art (Hanover, NH, 1991).

 

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