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Publications and Resources

The following publications and website resources are specific to the collections of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Publications, print and online:

Akhtar, Saima. "Shangri La: Architecture As Collection.International Journal of Islamic Architecture 3, no. 1 (March 2014): 103–28.

Bier, Carol. “Catching the Light, Catching the Waves: The Suzani Collection of Doris Duke at Shangri La in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.” Paper presented at the Textile Society of America SymposiumHonolulu, HI, September 24–27, 2008.

Bier, Carol. "Symmetry and Symmetry-Breaking An Approach to Understanding Beauty." In Renaissance Banff: Mathematics, Music, Art, Culture: Conference Proceedings 2005, edited by Reza Sarhangi et al., 219–26. [Phoenix, Ariz.]: Distributed by mathartfun.com, 2005.

Bier, Carol, and David Masunaga. "Islamic Art at Doris Duke's Shangri La: Playing with Form and Pattern." In Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science: Conference Proceedings 2004, edited by Reza Sarhangi and Carlo Séquin, 51–58. [Phoenix, Ariz.]: Distributed by matartfun.com, 2004.

Blair, Sheila. “Art as Text: The Luster Mihrab in the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.” In No Tapping Around Philology: A Festschrift in Honor of Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.’s 70th Birthday, edited by Alireza Korangy and Thomas J. Sheffield, 407–35. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014.

Bush, Olga. "Relocating to Hawai‘i: Dwelling with Islamic Art at Doris Duke's Shangri La." International Journal of Islamic Architecture 3, no. 2 (July 2014): 437–71.

Daskalakis Mathews, Annie-Christine. “Damascus 18th and 19th Century Houses in the Ablaq-‘Ajamī Style of Decoration: Local and International Significance.” PhD diss., New York University, 2004. See especially pp. 25358.

Kamada, Yumiko. "Doris's Choice: Indian Carpets and Textiles at Shangri La.Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 6, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, March 2014.

Kamada, Yumiko. “Doris Duke and Indian Art: Some Textiles at Shangri La Islamic Art Museum.” Indo Koko Kenkyu (September 2013).

Kennedy, Thalia. “Gandhi and Doris Duke: Revitalization of a Crafts Tradition.” Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 3, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, July 2012.

Komaroff, Linda. “Doris Duke and the Islamic Art Collecting Tradition.” In Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise, edited by Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht, 73–91New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. 

Littlefield, Sharon. Doris Duke’s Shangri La. With an introduction by Carol Bier. Honolulu: Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, 2002.

Littlefield, Sharon. “Doorways to Paradise: Islamic Art for Doris Duke’s Honolulu Home.” In Power Underestimated: American Women Art Collectors, edited by Inge Reist and Mamoli Zorzi, 21126. Venice: Marsilio Editori, 2011.

Littlefield, Sharon. “Collecting for Design: Islamic Art at Doris Duke’s Shangri La.” In Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise, edited by Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht,115–33 . New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. 

Littlefield, Sharon. "Seen Through a Screen: Doris Duke’s Patronage of South Asian Artists." In Woman's Eye, Woman's Hand: Making Art and Architecture in Modern India, edited by D. Fairchild Ruggles. 144–62. New Delhi: Zubaan, 2014.

Mellins, Thomas, and Donald Albrechteds. Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in ParadiseNew York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. 

Mellins, Thomas, and Donald Albrecht. “Inventive Synthesis: The Architecture and Design of Shangri La.” InDoris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise, edited by Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht175203New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. 

Miller, Ashley. "Negotiating 'Tradition': Doris Duke's Shangri La and the Transnational Revival of Moroccan Craft and Design." Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 9, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, April 2016.

Milwright, Marcus. “Glass and Glassworking in Damascus During the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.”Journal of Glass Studies 56 (2014): 201–217.

Milwright, Marcus. “Doris Duke and the Crafts of Islamic Syria.” Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 2, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, July 2012.

Overton, Keelan. “From Pahlavi Isfahan to Pacific Shangri La: Reviving, Restoring and Reinventing Safavid Aesthetics, ca. 1920–40.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 19, no. 1 (Spring—Summer 2012): 6187. 

Overton, Keelan. “Commissioning on the Move: The Cromwells’ Travels and Patronage of ‘Living Traditions’ in India, Morocco and Iran.” In Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in Paradise, edited by Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht93–113New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2012. 

Phillips, Amanda. “Ottoman Silk Furnishing Fabrics in the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art: Fashion and Production, 1600–1750.” Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 4, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, June 2012.

Phillips, Amanda. “The Historiography of Ottoman Velvets, 2011–1572: Scholars, Craftsmen, Consumers.”Journal of Art Historiography 6 (June 2012): 1–26.

Ray, Sugata. "Shangri La: The Archive-Museum and the Spatial Topologies of Islamic Art History.Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 7, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, August 2014.

Thackston, Wheeler. “Shangri La Highlights in Translation.” Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 1, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, February 2012.

Scharrahs, Anke. Damascene ‘Ajami Interiors: Forgotten Jewels of Interior Design. London: Archetype, 2013.

Scharrahs, Anke. “Two Layers of Authenticity: The Damascus Room at Shangri La.” Shangri La Working Papers in Islamic Art no. 8, Shangri La, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Honolulu, HI, November 2014.

Scharrahs, Anke. “ʿaǧamīablaq und mehr - vergessene Dekorationstechniken in Damaszener Wohnhäusern des 17. bis 19. Jahrhunderts.” Eothen : Jahreshefte der Gesellschaft der Freunde islamischer Kunst und Kultur 6 (2014): 228–278.

Website resources:

1938 Journey to the Middle East.” (Part of the exhibition Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Collector: Doris Duke and Her Estates, curated by Mary Samouelian and Molly Bragg. January 13, 2011–April 3, 2011.)

Doris Duke.” (Portal to the Doris Duke archival collections at Duke University.)

Kennedy, Thalia. “A Meeting with the Mahatma,” The Door to Shangri La (blog). January 10, 2012.

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