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Art of Islamic Lands
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The Jewish presence in the Near East, even beyond the borders of ancient Israel, preceded the coming of Islamic rule by hundreds, even more than a thousand years. As a result, the earliest known examples of Israelite visual arts in what became the Dār al-Islām (Ar. Abode of Islam), like the carved ivories from Arslan Tash (ninth–eighth century B.C.E.), are rooted in ancient Near Eastern artistic traditio…

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Vivian Mann, “Art of Islamic Lands”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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