Keywords: Islamic Art & Architecture

Research Interests: Art and Architecture of the Islamic World; Medieval Art and Materiality; Art and Craft in the Colonial Era; Faking and Forgery

Margaret Graves is a specialist in the art of the Islamic world, with a particular research focus on museum objects, the plastic arts (ceramics, metalwork, stonecarving), and the acts and contexts of making in the medieval and modern eras.

Other ongoing research topics include contemporary art that explores the legacies of colonial-era craft reform and heritage management in the Middle East; locating a global “golden age” of faking for the international antiquities market; and collaborations with conservators on the material lives of doctored objects. 

Areas: Medieval Islamic visual culture; 19th-century Islamic arts; image of architecture in paintings, sculpture, and applied arts; orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art.

Research areas: Medieval art and architecture of the Islamic world, Nineteenth- and twentieth-century craft in the Middle East and North Africa, Faking and forgery, Orientalism and the historiography of Islamic art history.

Middle Eastern Studies, Arts, International Studies
PhD, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, History of Art, 2010
MS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, History of Art, 2005
MA, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fine Art, 2002