The Mediterranean region has long been an area of interaction between the two great powers, Arab Muslims, and Byzantine Christians. This relationship began in the 7th century AD and continued through to the 12th century. Although Islam became an increasingly powerful force during this period, these interactions were not always hostile; rather there was significant cultural exchange between both sides in areas such as art and architecture. These exchanges helped foster mutual understanding, which ultimately led to peaceful coexistence throughout much of this period despite their differences. This research aims to clarify the communication between arts of the Byzantine and Arab Muslim cultures during this era. By examining the views and opinions of Western scholars, this paper seeks to shed light on some important aspects of artistic and architectural overlap between both parties. It is hoped that through exploring these connections, it will be possible to demonstrate how despite ongoing rivalry, they were able to create mechanisms for cultural exchange which in turn had a positive impact on both Islamic monuments as well as those from Byzantium – ultimately enriching art from all sides.
M. Omoush, Maen
"Artistic Interactions Between Byzantine and Arab Muslims: From the Perspective of Western Scholars,"
Information Sciences Letters: Vol. 13
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