This resource is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources in the specified areas. On the contrary, it serves as a starting point for research and a guide to important and substantive works in respective areas.
Architecture & Art Reference [non-circulating]
An important reference source for scholars and students of modern Chinese art, collectors, museums and libraries, dealers and auction houses. It includes biographical entries for approximately 800 Chinese artists who grew up or were trained in China and who are likely to be represented in collections, exhibitions, and auctions within and outside China.
UIUC Online Collection
2 vols (print copy)
Written for advanced high school as well as undergraduate college students, this reference the editors' selection of just over 500 topics that focus on key political and religious figures worldwide; geographic areas and cities; and general issues such as gender, globalization, reform (with separate entries for five geographic areas), and terrorism. Though topics that are specifically of interest to non-Muslim westerners are included, the strength of this work derives from its coverage of topics that are perennially pertinent to the Islamic world per se, particularly those that involve traditional aspects of religion (both Sunni and Shiite) and traditions of behavior
Main Stacks - online availability
Deals with all aspects of Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Africa to Central, South, and East Asia and includes entries on artists, rulers, writers, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, painting, calligraphy, textiles, and more.
Architecture & Art Library
This work highlights the characteristics of Islamic Art and focuses on the differences between the various arts of the Islamic lands. Dividing the era into three periods (600-900, 900-1500, and 1500-1800) the artistic development is set within historical context. In each period the book describes developments in architecture, the arts of the book, the loom and the fire - metalwork, ceramics and glassware. In every medium the examples are chosen to illuminate the sources, characteristics and achievements of Islamic art.