Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair are the Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. They have written or contributed to many books on the history of Islamic art and architecture and recently served as principal consultants for Gardner Films' acclaimed PBS documentary, Islam: Empire of Faith, for which this book was the companion volume. They are the coauthors of The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250-1800 (ISBN 0 300 06465 9, pb. [pound]25.00*), published by Yale University Press.
"A timely study and important background to understanding the faith of more than one-fifth of the world's population today." John L. Espositio, University Professor, Georgetown University and author of Islam: The Straight Path and editor of The Oxford History of Islam