Margaret Graves

Margaret Graves

Associate Professor, Art History

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