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Mazda Publishers Inc

Chair, Department of Art and Professor of Art History

Cal State Los Angeles

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Fulbright Scholar: Cairo, Egypt

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PhD

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Mazda Publishers - Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art

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Through rigorous and extensive research of historical, literary and exegetical sources, Daneshvari explores the dual symbolism of this intriguing central motif of Islamic iconography. Research to date has focused on the dark side of this mythical creature, as an eclipse monster, but here, "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art," seeks to re-balance this. Representations of dragons on mosques and other holy structures, gateways to cities, the thrones of rulers, the wings of angels and candleholders are perplexing if the dragon is viewed only as a threatening or demonic icon. Daneshvari solves this puzzle by arguing that the dragon's primary meaning is as a producer and a symbol of light and protection.
He further investigates the astrocosmological significance of dragon's iconography, its diverse hybrid appearances and the double-edged metaphor of opium that represented both the dragon and the only cure to its fiery bite.
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Abbas Daneshvari Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. His publications cover various aspects of Islamic art's iconography as attested by his books "Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah" (Oxford University Press), "Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran" (Mazda Publishers), "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconographical Study" (Mazda Publishers) and many articles on the iconography of Islamic art. Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.
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ABBAS DANESHVARI . f Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconogra phic Study. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2011. 260 pages, figures and plates, footnotes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $59.00 ISBN 1-5685-9264-0
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For two decades, Abbas Daneshvari has been unraveling the iconographic significance in Islamic art of rabbits, peacocks, scorpions, sphinxes, cups, branches, birds, fish, and more. Here, he tackles dragons in a book-length study, which has been-as the author acknowledges-long in the making (ix) The book opens with "A Note on the Sources," an erudite overview of Persian and Arabic literature related to serpent and dragon imagery. The chapter titled "Background Information" actually provides a critical review of selected secondary studies on dragon and serpent iconography, while the next chapter offers a succinct but thorough taxonomic overview of the various types of serpentine creatures found in Islamic imagery, as well as a genealogy of their pre-Islamic ancestries. Chapter 3, "The Intrepid Hero," deals briefly with th iconography of dragon combat vignettes. It is in the following chapter, entitled "The Astrocosmological Symbolism of the Dragon, "that Daneshvari launches the main thrust of his argument. He illuminates the dual nature of the dragon and refutes the chain of early scholarship that overplays its destructive, ecliptic, and evil associations. Furthermore, he asserts that the dragon's role as producer of light and regeneration was more important than its dark side. His assertions are amply supported with examples of poetic verse that evoke positive associations of dragons and serpents. Daneshvari also explores the contingency of such imagery on its setting, finding the "dragon of light" represented on a range of objects such as candlesticks, luster-painted ceramic bowls , and containers of wine-"liquid sun" (77); the protective dragon depicted over archways; and dragons of both light and protection on door­ knockers, standards, and swords The next chapter further emphasizes the positive nature of the serpent­ dragon, with explication of the beast's apotropaic associations in specific settings. Starting with a group of scenes depicting enthroned rulers flanked by dragon images, Daneshvari weaves together the king's throne and God's throne, the serpent surrounding that throne, the serpentine form of al-Sakina at the Kacba, and representations of the ouroboros dragon. In "Hybrid Representations of Dragons and Serpents," he focuses on the motifs of serpentine dragons' heads that sprout from the roots of trees, the splayed wings of double-headed eagles, the tails of lions, and both the wings and tails of harpies and sphinxes. The short chapter that follows explores the use of confronted and double-headed dragons to represent the duality in the medicinal concept of "the dragon as the cure for the dragon's bite" (192). Finally, in "Dragons in the Cult of the Saints;' the author discusses the dragon-as-treasure-guardian motif in Sufi analogies between material and spiritual wealth Daneshvari's examples of Islamic period dragons are drawn from Iran, Central Asia, the Jazira, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt and range in date from the tenth to the nineteenth centuries. Throughout, Daneshvari deftly reaches into pre­ Islamic visual and literary traditions to trace iconographic histories.


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In 1996 the publisher invited Professor Abbas Daneshvari to undertake the difficult task of editing and updating these two volumes and prepare them for publication.
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Abbas Daneshvari Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles.
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Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.
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Abbas Daneshvari Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. His publications cover various aspects of Islamic art's iconography as attested by his books "Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah" (Oxford University Press), "Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran" (Mazda Publishers), "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconographical Study" (Mazda Publishers) and many articles on the iconography of Islamic art. Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.


Mazda Publishers - Amazingly Original: Contemporary Iranian Art at Crossroads

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Abbas Daneshvari Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles. His publications cover various aspects of Islamic art's iconography as attested by his books "Animal Symbolism in Warqa wa Gulshah" (Oxford University Press), "Medieval Tomb Towers of Iran" (Mazda Publishers), "Of Serpents and Dragons in Islamic Art: An Iconographical Study" (Mazda Publishers) and many articles on the iconography of Islamic art. Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.
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Like these recent books, this new volume by Daneshvari (California State Univ., Los Angeles) explores how past artistic trends have informed the work of contemporary Iranian artists. Conversely, these publications show how some of these artists are breaking their ties with traditional Persian styles to openly address the sociopolitical atmosphere of today's Iran. What makes Daneshvari's input outstanding is his formalist style of writing-a close reading of contemporary Iranian art in absolute rather than subjective terms. A more careful analysis of how Iranian artists are appropriating global artistic trends might reveal that their works are not so "amazingly original. However, Daneshvari reasons that this originality predominantly ensues from transcending the Islamic Republic's restrictive institutional practices and irregular art market.


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In 1996 the publisher invited Professor Abbas Daneshvari to undertake the difficult task of editing and updating this volume and prepare it for publication.
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Abbas Daneshvari Professor Abbas Daneshvari is the former Chair of the Department of Art and a Professor of Art History at California State University, Los Angeles.
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Professor Daneshvari is the editor of "Essays in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Katharina Otto Dorn" (Undena Publications) and the editor of volumes 17 and 18 of Arthur Upham Pope's magnum opus, "A Survey of Persian Art" (Mazda Publishers). He is also the author of a forthcoming book on contemporary Iranian art.

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