Islamic art during the Ottoman Empire was influenced by the laws of their religion and the need to trade or export to Western European States. The religious laws forbid images of worship; so much of the art work is of nature and the written word. The status of calligraphy and the calligrapher is an example of the importance of the ability to copy ancient documents and manuscripts such as the Quran. The Sultans, rulers of the empire, each had their own signature, tughra, in calligraphy which would be placed on buildings and official documents. The chapter The beautiful textiles and rugs from the Ottoman were highly sot after by the wealth Europeans. CHAPTER :18: The West and the World: Empire, Trade, and War, 1650–1815 is about the spread of the great empires of the world and the influence of trade. This website is an example of the importance of art in the trading world.
"Discover Islamic Art Virtual Exhibitions | The Ottomans." Discover Islamic Art Virtual Exhibitions | The Ottomans. © Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF), n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.
The Encyclopedia was bringing knowledge of the craftsmen and mechanical art to the homes of the elite. This series of books are a step by step explaining of the skills in the crafts of these arts; teaching that those who had skills should be respected. The encyclopedia was like no other book it is never to be fully completed for new crafts and skills would be invented keeping the book in need of updating. This website is a breakdown of the process Diderot’s journey in to the Mechanical Arts and thirst for knowledge.
"Diderot's Encyclopedia Exhibit Preview." MIT Libraries Exhibits. Curated by Jeffrey S. Ravel, and Kristel Smentek. Massassachusetts Institute Of Technology, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.