Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012)

Official description: This groundbreaking volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the seventh to the ninth century. As the period opened, the empire’s southern provinces—the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and eastern Mediterranean—were at the crossroads of trade routes reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the ninth century an unprecedented cross-fertilization of cultures had taken place. This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life by leading international scholars, their writings accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period’s most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade—embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published—highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and evolving Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the medieval world, Byzantium and Islam provides a revelatory interpretation of a period with profound ramifications for the modern era.

Evans, Helen C. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. [Limited Access. Professor Hostetler owns a physical copy, or you can find one on Consort.]

Evans, Helen C., ed. Age of Transition: Byzantine Culture in the Islamic World. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. [This volume is the published proceedings from the symposium. Limited Access. Professor Hostetler owns a physical copy, or you can find one on OhioLink.]

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Byzantium and Islam Exhibition Blog. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. [The blog articles feature objects and themes associated with the exhibition.]

Perspectives on Byzantium and Islam: A Symposium (The Met)
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (The Met)
The Arts of Byzantium, Armenia & Islam: Age of Transition with Helen C. Evans (Part 1 of 2) (Asian Art Museum)
The Arts of Byzantium, Armenia & Islam: Age of Transition with Helen C. Evans (Part 2 of 2) (Asian Art Museum)
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition—The Red Monastery (The Met)