Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom share the Hamad bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Norma Jean Calderwood University Chair of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College. Together, they are the authors of more than a dozen books, including The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800 (1994), and Islamic Arts (1997). Their book Islam: A Thousand Years of Faith and Power (2001) was written as a companion to the 3-part PBS television series, “Islam: Empire of Faith.” Their latest collaboration is editing the three-volume Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture (2009).

Sheila Blair is individually the author of Islamic Calligraphy (2006), Islamic Inscriptions (1998), A Compendium of Chronicles: Rashid al-Din’s Illustrated History of the World (1995), as well as hundreds of articles on various topics in Islamic art, from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem to 17th-century amulets.

Jonathan Bloom is individually the author of Arts of the City Victorious: The Art and Architecture of the Fatimids in North Africa and Egypt (2007), Paper before Print: The History and Impact of Paper in the Islamic World (2001) and Minaret: Symbol of Islam (1989). He was the editor of Early Islamic Art and Architecture (2002) and co-author of The Minbar from the Kutubiyya Mosque (1998), as well as author of many articles on differing aspects of Islamic art from the mosques of Cairo to medieval Islamic woodwork.