MINISTRY OF ENDOWMENT
& RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Muscat

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Abdulrahman al-Salimi
Heinz Gaube – Lorenz Korn

 

CONTENT

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
Historical Introduction Heinz Gaube
Before Islam. – The early Islamic period. – The middle Islamic Period.
– Yaariba and Al Bu Said rule.

CHAPTER TWO
Islamic Art Lorenz Korn
Introduction. – Islamic art in different regions. – Islamic Art through
the ages. – Early Islam and Umayyads (1st-2nd/7-8th century). The
Abbasid imperial period (2nd-4th/7-l0th century). Regional centres of
artistic production (5-9th/11-15th century).-Art under the Timurids and
the early modern empires (9-12th/15-18th century).-Analyzing and
understanding Islamic art.

CHAPTER THREE
Settlements Heinz Gaube
Introduction. – Settlements on the coast. – Settlement clusters without
wall. – Settlement clusters with a wall / settlements with a wall. –
Mountain settlements.

CHAPTER FOUR
Religious Architecture Lorenz Korn
Introduction. – Mosques. – Traditional mosques. – Contemporary
mosque architecture. Memorial buildings.

CHAPTER FIVE
Omani Quranic Manuscripts Abdulrahman al-
Salimi and Faysal al-Hafiyan
Introduction. – Early manuscripts. – Inks. – Types of script. –
Decoration. – Binding.

CHAPTER SIX
Fortifications and Palaces Lorenz Korn
Introduction. – Single tower fortifications. – Walled enclosures of the
plains. – The large forts. – The palace of Jabrin.

CHAPTER SEVEN
Residential Buildings Heinz Gaube
General observations. – Regional examples: The northern coastal
region. – Mountain settlements. – Settlements in the Dakhiliya. –
Settlements in the Sharqiya. – Settlements in Dhofar.

CHAPTER EIGHT
The Carved-Stucco Mihrabs of Oman. Form,
Style and Influence Ruba Kanaan
Historical references and contemporary survey. – Stylistic analysis of
the sixteenth-century carved stucco mihrabs in Oman. – A Sixteenthcentury
synthesis: The mihrabs of al-Humaimi and the Mashmal
group.-Stylistic influences: Some preliminary observations. –
Conclusion: A distinctive Omani style.

CHAPTER NINE
Islamic Pottery in Oman Seth M. N. Priestman
Introduction. – Archaeological research in Oman. – The first centuries of
Islam. – The Samarra horizon. Post-Abbasid innovations. – Late Islamic
transformation. -Conclusion.

CHAPTER TEN
Woodwork Heinz Gaube
Introduction. – Types of wooden objects. – Types of decoration.

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Metalwork Heinz Gaube
Introduction. – Techniques of production. – Types of objects. – Types of
decoration.

CHAPTER TWELVE
The Art of Arms in Oman Birgit Mershen
Traditional weaponry – past and present. – Weaponry in Oman’s
archaeological and rock art record. – Types of arms no longer used in
Oman. – Icons of Omani armory. – Omani saif