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Islamic Arts in Imperial Collections

Wendy M. K. Shaw

in Possessors and Possessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520233355
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233355.003.0008
Islamic Arts in Imperial Collections

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This chapter focuses on the Islamic art collections of Imperial Museum of the Ottoman Empire. It explains that the empire chose not to include works of art and culture pertaining to its Ottoman or Islamic identity in its museum until 1889, and that despite Sultan Abdülhamid II's emphasis on the Islamic identity of the Ottoman state, the Islamic collections of the Imperial Museum did not flourish fully until the end of his reign. The collection of Islamic arts in the Imperial Museum was the first to exhibit a contemporary identity directly.

Keywords: Islamic art; Imperial Museum; Ottoman Empire; Islamic identity; Sultan Abdülhamid II

Chapter.  3805 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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