Historians of Islamic art deal with objects and edifices that are spatially and temporally removed from their historical contexts. Recent scholarship has immensely expanded the definition of the context to include urban, sensory, perceptual, social, and global settings. We no longer discuss works of art as reified creations but consider them in the context of labor, craft, and everyday practices.
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The Historians of Islamic Art Association (or HIAA) is dedicated to promoting the study and teaching of the art, architecture and archaeology of Islamic cultures world-wide. HIAA also connects colleagues engaged in scholarly and professional activities related to Islamic art, and provides information about current programs and resources vital to the field’s continued development.