Publications and Ordering

The Trust has funded a wide range of publications covering aspects of Islamic art and architecture, Muslim – Christian relations and Middle East history.

The following publications from the Al Tajir Trust and its predecessor the World of Islam Trust are currently available.

THE JERUSALEM TRILOGY

Over the last 25 years the Altajir Trust and its predecessor the World of Islam Trust have published a trilogy on the Islamic heritage of Jerusalem which together form a magisterial record of the history of the city, its fortunes and its monuments from the 12th to 20th centuries. The series draws on a wide range of disciplines represented by internationally recognised scholars and specialists. Their contributions and the material they have assembled combine in a set of volumes to provide a body of learning that will serve as a standard work on the subject for the foreseeable future.

The volumes can be purchased from the Trust as a set (The Jerusalem Trilogy) at a discounted price or individually – see below.

AYYUBID JERUSALEM

The Holy City in Context 1187 – 1250
Edited by Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld
With a Foreword by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

This work looks at the history of Jerusalem during the critical Ayyubid period, one of a new beginning for Islamic Jerusalem after almost a century of Crusader domination. In a series of chapters by internationally recognised scholars and specialists this volume places the monuments and art of this critical period in their regional and historical context.

2009. 298 x 220mm over 528 pages plus 32 pages of colour photographs, many drawings and black and white plates; hardback in slip case. ISBN 978 1 901435 06 1

 

OTTOMAN JERUSALEM

The Living City 1517 – 1917
Edited by Sylvia Auld and Robert Hillenbrand
Architectural survey by Yusuf Natsheh
With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

A wide ranging study by a team of international experts of the structure and fabric of the Ottoman city systematically documenting its Arab and Islamic characteristics and their contribution during the Ottoman period to the city’s architectural texture and cultural development.

2000. 298 x 220mm, over 1,200 pages in 2 volumes, with 16 pages in full colour. Many plans, drawings and over 350 black and white photographs, hardback with slip case, folder with drawings. ISBN 1 901435 03 2

MAMLUK JERUSALEM

An Architectural Study
Michael Burgoyne
The result of sixteen years’ work inspired by Dame Kathleen Kenyon providing insights into the historical and geographical character of Jerusalem and placing its architectural development during the Mamluk period into context. This volume also provides a comprehensive catalogue of buildings for that period along with unique plans and photographs and detailed historical analyses of individual buildings, making important new material available. The contents of this volume with some supplementary material is currently being digitised by the Council for British Research in the Levant with support from the Trust.

1987. 298 x 220mm, 622 pages, over 680 black and white plates, 377 plans and drawings, 32 colour plates, hardback with wallet for additional large fold out drawings, slip case. ISBN 0 905035 33 X

Other publications

THE ARCHITECTURE OF OTTOMAN JERUSALEM

An introduction

Robert Hillenbrand

A concise and easily accessible introduction to the subject based on the author’s deep knowledge of the subject. This is an expanded version of his contribution to the much larger survey of Ottoman Jerusalem, The Living City 1517 – 1917 also published by the Altajir Trust (see above).

2002. 260 x 200mm, 136 pages. Many drawings, black and white plates, 8 pages colour, paperback. ISBN 1 901435 09 1

CHRISTIANS AND MUSLIMS IN THE COMMONWEALTH

A dynamic role in the future
Edited by AnthonyO’Mahony and Ataullah Siddiqui

With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales

Papers presented at a gathering at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, including contributions from The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Peter Riddell, Kenneth Cragg and others on contemporary relations between Christians and Muslims.

2001. 216 x 138mm, 330 pages, paperback. ISBN 1 901435 08 3

FUSTAT GLASS OF THE EARLY ISLAMIC PERIOD

George T Scanlon and Ralph Pinder-Wilson

A fully illustrated account of the glass finds from nine seasons of archaeological excavations in south Cairo between 1964 and 1981. These finds are a principle source for the history of the glass industry in Egypt from the Umayyad period down to the Fatimid caliphate with all the glass techniques of the Islamic world represented, mainly from local manufacture but also imported.

2001. 260 x 200mm, 128 pages (approximately), many drawings, black and white plates, 4 pages colour, paperback. ISBN 1 901435 04 0

 

CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND

Edited by Michael Prior and William Taylor

Papers presented at an ecumenical seminar in Jerusalem providing a comprehensive and authoritative account of the Christian Church in the Holy Land including recent findings of sociologists. The work includes the informed comment of theologians and other scholars and allows the Holy Land Churches to speak for themselves.

1994. 216 x 138mm, 254 pages, paperback. ISBN 0 905035 32 1 (second impression)

An Arabic language version is also available.

IMAGE AND MEANING IN ISLAMIC ART

Edited by Robert Hillenbrand

Studies by a range of eminent experts exploring the iconography and meaning of Islamic art drawing on a range of disciplines of interpretation and containing an extensive bibliography by Professor Ernst Gruber which is in itself an indispensable resource for all Islamic art historians.

2005. 260 x 200mm, 320 pages, many drawings and black and white plates, hardback. ISBN 1 901435 12 1

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ISLAMIC BOOKBINDINGS

Duncan Haldane

Based on the Victoria and Albert Museum collection the volume covers in detail the art of binding books and their sumptuous decoration as practised in the Islamic world between 1400 CE and 1900 CE including the wide range of decorative techniques used. All objects illustrated are fully described and reproduced in superb detail, many in colour. Includes a comprehensive bibliography.

1983. 298 x 220mm, 208 pages, mainly full colour, hardback. ISBN 0 905035 32 2

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QURANS AND BINDINGS FROM THE CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY

David James

Catalogue of facsimile pages of Qur’ans (reproduced in black and white) from the Chester Beatty Library displayed at the British Library, London during the UK World of Islam Festival in 1976 with notes by David James the then Islamic curator at the Chester Beatty Library.

1980. 205mm x 295mm, 143pages, black and white, paperback. ISBN 0 905035 29 1

 

RENAISSANCE VENICE, ISLAM AND MAHMUD THE KURD

Sylvia Auld

The name of Mahmud the Kurd has been found on ten small, domestic objects of brass; he was probably an itinerant master craftsman working in the second half of the 15th century. All objects are exquisitely worked and can be seen as a microcosm of the exchanges and excursions of the period. This book is an enquiry into where this craftsman worked and for whom. It throws fascinating light on both the objects themselves and the widespread links that then existed between renaissance Europe and Islam.

2004. 260 x 200mm, 349pages, many drawings, black and white plates, hardback. ISBN 1 901435 11 3

 

UNIVERSITY LECTURES IN ISLAMIC STUDIES VOLUME 1

Edited by Alan Jones

A series of lectures supported by the Altajir World of Islam Trust in various institutions providing teaching or doing research in Islamic studies is brought together in two volumes. The subjects are those chosen by the lecturers and cover aspects of Arabic language, art and architecture as well as Islamist thought and political movements. Many of the lecturers went on to become senior figures in British academic life.

1997. 216 x 137mm, 192 pages including 16 pages black and white plates, paperback. ISBN 1 901435 01 6

 

UNIVERSITY LECTURES IN ISLAMIC STUDIES VOLUME 2

Edited by Alan Jones

A series of lectures supported by the Altajir World of Islam Trust in various institutions providing teaching or doing research in Islamic studies is brought together in two volumes. The subjects are those chosen by the lecturers and cover aspects of Arabic language, art and architecture as well as Islamist thought and political movements. Many of the lecturers went on to become senior figures in British academic life.

1998. 216 x 137mm, 181 pages including 8 pages black and white plates, paperback. ISBN 1 90943501 6

 

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CARPETS OF CENTRAL PERSIA

May H. Beattie

Catalogue of an exhibition in Sheffield, England in 1976 of antique pile carpets from Central Persia selected for the way in which they are woven; contains an introduction, technical and dating information and an article on design.

245x190mm,104 pages, paperback, 8 colour plates plus black and white illustrations throughout the catalogue section. ISBN 0 905035 17 8

ISLAM AND THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY

Frithjof Schuon

Rooted in Sufism, the work seeks to demonstrate the unity of all religions in the plane of metaphysical truth. Chapters cover the relationship between the great religions and their diversity, unanswered metaphysical questions and the afterlife.

1976. 140x190mm, 217 pages including index, hardback. ISBN 0 905035 06 2

 

 

 

ARABIC INSCRIPTIONS IN JERUSALEM 

Archibald G. Walls and Amal Abdul-Hajj

Drawing on the work of Max van Berchen and nearly ten years of systematic checking between 1970 and 1979 the authors have combined a comprehensive list of inscriptions with maps of the Old City. This single, easily portable volume will add interest to and enhance a walk in the Old City. Some inscriptions are published here for the first time.

1980. 210x300mm, 44 pages, paperback, includes 10 pages of black and white maps and plans. ISBN 0 905035 28 3

 

Ordering Al Tajir Trust publications

To order the above titles, all of which are published by the Altajir Trust and its predecessor the World of Islam Trust, please fill in to form, naming publications and quantity. We will then send you by email a quote showing the current UK pound sterling price of each volume ordered plus delivery costs and a pro forma invoice.

For queries please email enquiries@altajirtrust.uk

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