Byzantium

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Books

The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

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"Women in purple: rulers of medieval Byzantium"

A review of Judith Herrin's new book

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War & Conflict

St Catherine's monastery: A short history, from Moses to the Arab-Israeli wars

The incredible longevity of the monastery - or mosque, for a period - can be attributed to its willingness to change with the times

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Exhibitions

Byzantine exhibition at the British Museum provides new insights but falls flat due to missed opportunities

Have scruples over not asking collector/dealers for loans, particularly for underrepresented painted icons, affected the quality of the current exhibition?