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A Bibliography of Islamic Art

Khursheed Kamal Aziz (Author)
Synopsis In July 2004 1 published my 2-volume study, The Meaning of Islamic Art, which had taken exactly 24 years to research, write, revise and seek a publisher, I had begun my study of the subject in 1980 and the final manuscript was ready in early 1994.  It had taken me exactly 10 years to find a publisher for it.  when The Meaning of Islamic Art appeared I was fighting for my life at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore with slender chance of survival.  It was a year before I recovered and received from God the gift of a second life.  The deliberate and cruel refusal of the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research, Islamabad, to return the bibliography which I had sent to it in June 1994 had been tormenting my mind for nearly 10 years and was a significant factor in my physical collapse.  After my recovery in 2005 I began to explore the possibility of preparing the bibliography de nouveau.  I did not have the resources or the energy to visit Europe and work in its libraries.  I consulted my European friends and former colleagues in the field who extended their sympathy and promised help. Encouraged by this, I set out to compile a new bibliography.  The task was arduous and involved writing long letters, ordering photocopies and consulting some secondary sources.  My health did not allow long hours of work, but I persisted because in my mind was a guilty feeling that I had been unfair to the readers of The Meaning of Islamic Art in not providing them with a proper bibliography, although the fault was not mine but entirely of the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research which had not only flouted a legal and moral obligation to publish the bibliography but also refused to return what was my property.
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About the author

Khursheed Kamal Aziz

 Professor Khursheed Kamal Aziz was born in December 1927 in village Ballamabad near Faisalabad, and was educated at the M.B. High School, Batala, Foreman Christian College and the Government College. Lahore, and the Victoria University of Manchester. He has been on the academic staff of the Government College, Lahore, and of the Universities of the Punjab, London, Cambridge, Khartoum and Heidelberg, and has delivered occasional lectures at the universities of Karachi, Peshawar, Dacca, Islamabad. Hull, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Geneva, Oxford and Bergen. During intervals snatched from teaching abroad he has served at home as deputy Official Historian to the Government of Pakistan, Chairman of the National Commission on Historical and Cultural Research, and Special Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (Z.A. Bhutto). Author of over a dozen books, he is a historian of rank with an international reputation.                                                                                                  

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Title A Bibliography of Islamic Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789694250984
length xv+437p., Index; 23cm.