Margaret Graves

Margaret Graves

Associate Professor, Art History

Director of Graduate Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures

Affiliate, Islamic Studies Program

Affiliate, African Studies Program

Affiliate, Medieval Studies Institute


  • Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • M.Sc., Res., University of Edinburgh, 2006
  • M.A., Fine Art, University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art, 2002

Research interests

medieval Islamic art and architecture; nineteenth-century art and craft in the Islamic world; plastic arts, materiality and histories of making; orientalism, historiography and the master-narrative(s) of Islamic art

Selected publications


Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). Winner of the International Center of Medieval Art Annual Book Prize, 2019.

Margaret Graves and Moya Carey (eds.), Journal of Art Historiography, 6: Islamic Art historiography, guest-edited special issue, June 2012.

Margaret S. Graves (ed.), Islamic Art, Architecture and Material Culture: New Perspectives (Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series 2436, 2012).

Margaret S. Graves (ed. and catalogue entries) and Benoît Junod (ed.), Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum: Arts of Islamic Architecture. Exhibition catalogue (Geneva: Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011).

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

"Casting Shadows", in Sheila Canby, Deniz Beyazit and Martina Rugiadi, eds, The Seljuqs and Their Successors: Art, Culture and History (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), 199–214.

"The Lamp of Paradox," Word & Image 34:3 (2018), 237–250.

"Say Something Nice: Supplications on Medieval Objects, and Why They Matter," in Sabine Schmidtke, ed., Studying the Near and Middle East at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1935-2018 (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2018), 322–330.

"Fracture, Facture, and the Collecting of Islamic Art," in Daniel Becker, Annalisa Fischer, and Yola Schmitz, eds, Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting: Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis (Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2018), 91–110.

"The Monumental Miniature: Liquid Architecture in the Kilgas of Cairo," Art History 38:2 (2015), pp. 304–323. Reprinted in Joan Kee and Emanuele Lugli, eds., To Scale (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), 62–81.
"Kashan Ware", Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater (New York: Columbia University, 2014).

"Islam and Visual Art", in Frank Burch Brown (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014), 310–320; also published online in Oxford Handbooks Online.

Awards & Honors

  • College Arts and Humanities Institute Research Fellowship, Indiana University, Fall 2020
  • International Center of Medieval Art Annual Book Prize for Arts of Allusion, 2019
  • Barakat Trust subvention award, 2018
  • New Frontiers/New Currents Award, Indiana University, 2017
  • New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship Award, Indiana University, 2016
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University, 2015
  • Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2015-16
  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for outstanding early career scholars (declined), 2011-14
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2010-11
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, British Institute of Persian Studies, 2010-11