On January 8, 2011, one of the most prominent figures in the field of Islamic art and architecture Oleg Grabar passed away.
He was an archaeologist, teacher, researcher, and author and co-author of many articles and books that have shaped the history of research in Islamic art and Architecture. Among these are, “The Formation of Islamic Art” 1973, City in the Desert, Qasr al-Hayr Eas 1978t, “Mediation of Ornament”1992, “Constructing the Study of Islamic Art”2005-2006, a collection of 83 articles.
He has been characterized by Agha Khan Chairman's Award for Architecture in 2010 as a person who “has done more to define the field of Islamic art and architecture than almost anyone alive. The questions he has asked, the hypotheses he has proposed and the theories he has developed… have shaped and defined the way we understand the Islamic world's rich architectural
Mohammad Najjar, Amman