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Finbarr Barry Flood

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities; Professor of Art History , Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies ; Institute of Fine Arts

Ph.D. 1993 (Medieval Islamic architecture), University of Edinburgh; B.A. 1988 (classical archaeology & philosophy), Trinity College, Dublin.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Art and architecture of the Islamic world; Cross-cultural dimensions of Islamic material culture; Theories and practices of image-making; Technologies of representation; Art historical historiography, methodology, and theory; and Orientalism.


Carnegie Foundation Scholar, 2007-2008; Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2007; Residential fellow, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2006; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2000-2001;Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2001-2002; NYU's Golden Dozen Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2006.


Objects of Translation: Material Culture and Medieval “Hindu-Muslim” Encounter. Princeton University Press, 2009.

Piety and Politics in the Early Indian Mosque. Edited volume in the Debates in Indian History and Society series, Oxford University Press India, 2008.

The Great Mosque of Damascus: Studies on the Makings of an Umayyad Visual Culture. Brill. 2000.

“An ambiguous aesthetic: Crusader spolia in Ayyubid Jerusalem.” In Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld, eds., Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context, 1187-1250. London. 2009.

“Islamic Identities and Islamic Art: Inscribing the Qur’an in Twelfth-century Afghanistan.” In Elizabeth Cropper, ed., Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern: Readings for a New Century. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2009.

“Lost in Translation: Architecture, Taxonomy and the Eastern ‘Turks’,”  Muqarnas 24. 2007.

“From the Prophet to Postmodernism? New World Orders and the End of Islamic Art.” In Elizabeth Mansfield, ed., Making Art History: A Changing Discipline and its Institutions. Routledge. 2007.

“Image against Nature: Spolia as Apotropaia in Byzantium and the Dar al-Islam.” In Mapping the Gaze – Vision and Visuality in Classical Arab Civilisation, a special issue of The Medieval History Journal, 9.1. 2006.

“Correct Delineations and Promiscuous Outlines: Envisioning India at the Trial of Warren Hastings.” Art History, 29.1. 2006.

“Ghurid monuments and Muslim identities: Epigraphy and Exegesis in Twelfth-century Afghanistan.” Indian Economic and Social History Review, 42.3. 2005.

“Signs of Violence: Colonial Ethnographies and Indo-Islamic Monuments.” In 'Art and Terror', a special issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 5.2. 2004.

“Pillars, Palimpsests and Princely Practices: Translating the Past in Sultanate Delhi.” Res, 43. 2003.

“Between Cult and Culture: Bamiyan, Islamic Iconoclasm and the Museum.” Art Bulletin, 84.4. 2002.

“The Medieval Trophy as an Art Historical Trope: Coptic and Byzantine 'Altars' in Islamic Contexts,” Muqarnas, 18. 2001.

“Ghurid Architecture in the Indus Valley: the Tomb of Shaykh Sadan Shahid.” Ars Orientalis, 36. 2001.

“Umayyad survivals and Mamluk revivals: Qalawunid architecture and the Great Mosque of Damascus.” Muqarnas, 14. 1997.
Updated on 12/03/2015