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Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys: Art

Virtual display of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of resources awarded to the TLU Library by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association

Islamic Art Spots online


The Islamic Art Spots are seven short video essays that highlight aspects of Islamic art. 

They were written and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Art, Architecture, and Landscape History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television.

They can be viewed either on a DVD in the library's collection or online at the following links:


Thanks to the University of Toledo Libraries Muslim Journeys committee for creating some of the content on this page.

Islamic Art Spots on DVD

Art Spots cover

Check it out from the TLU Library

This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.