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Middle East Garden Traditions

This web-based research tool offers selected catalogues, glossaries, and bibliographies on Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian, Ottoman, Mughal, and Safavid gardens.

Detail of Plan of Tabriz Detail of Ottoman painter Matrakçi’s plan of Tabriz, showing the Bagh-i Sahibabad, 1533–1536.

Middle East Garden Traditions provides tools for research on the gardens of countries ranging from Morocco and Moorish Spain to Pakistan and India. It was prepared by a group of scholars from Iran, Israel, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United States, who gathered in Istanbul in June 2004 at the joint invitation of Professor Nurhan Atasoy and Michel Conan, former director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks. This project is related to the publication of an edited volume of essays: Middle East Garden Traditions: Unity and Diversity; Questions, Methods and Resources in a Multicultural Perspective, edited by Michel Conan (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2007, and distributed by Harvard University Press).

In 2014–2015, the original project was migrated to the Dumbarton Oaks website with the help of William R. Tyler Fellows Deniz Turker Cerda and Aleksandar Shopov. The resource may be found here.

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