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Most of us have encountered Islamic art in one form or another. Oriental rugs, white ceramic dishware decorated in cobalt blue, and buildings with horseshoe-shaped arches can be found throughout the United States and around the world, and are vaguely understood to be “Islamic” in some way. But what makes a work of art “Islamic”? The Islamic Art Spots a seven visual essays written and presented in a series of short films especially for the Muslim Journeys project by art historian D. Fairchild Ruggles. Subjects include calligraphy, mosques, gardens, textiles, geometrical patterns, and miniature paintings.