(Socrates and his students, ca.13th c., Saljuqi period.)
BBC 4's Science & Islam Series by the British scientist Prof. Jim al-Khalili has three episodes:
BBC Radio 4 broadcasts accessible and fun talks with experts in the field of Islamic Studies on various related themes, concepts, thinkers and politics.
Maimonides (d.1204) (the Jewish philosopher)
The Translation Movement (Classical Greek ideas in the Arabic and the Islamic world)
Mercan Dede: Mercan Dede is a Turkish-born and Montreal-based contemporary Sufi musician. His albums are available on his webpage as well as his artworks, videoclips, interviews, etc. His album "800" was produced in 2007, and its title is an allusion to 800th anniversary of Rumi's birthday. The album was selected as the Best Album of 2008 by Womex, and one of the top-3 records of 2008 within 913 nominated records by World Music Charts Europe.
One of the most important living Turkish musicians, Erkan Oğur plays the stringed instruments.
The words uttered in the music below are from the Qur'an (Q:2.138): "(We take our) colour from Allah, and who is better than Allah at colouring. We are His worshippers." (M. Pickthall translation.)
Mohammad-Reza Shajarian is an internationally and critically acclaimed Persian traditional singer and composer of Persian music. He has been called "Iran's greatest living master of traditional Persian music."
The following video was part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series. It voices the poems of Sa'di Shirazi (d.1292), and Baba Taher Hamedani (d.1010) and contemporary Iranian woman poet, Simin Behbahani. Tahmoures Pournazeri (tar) and Sohrab Pournazeri (kamancheh) (members of the Shams Ensemble) and Robin Vassy (percussion).
The Aga Khan Museum, in Toronto, Canada, is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation and display of artifacts – from various periods and geographies – relating to the intellectual, cultural, artistic and religious heritage of Islamic communities. Its webpage contains links to its collections, exhibitions, and links to other resources.
Arts of the Book: Illustrated Texts, Miniatures Arts of the Book: Manuscripts, Folios, Bindings Carpets and Textiles Ceramic, Mosaic Glass, Rock Crystal and Jade Ivory and Mother-of-pearl Marble and Stucco Metalwork Paintings Wood and Lacquer
One can also limit the results in terms of the region, dynasty and art form, and look at the related pieces of art!
Two excellent exhibitions, titled "Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum," contain valuable material on Islamic art and related scholarly information.
* Its 376-page first volume catalogue can be dowloaded for free, and is available here.
* The 292-page second volume of the Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum can be found here.
* The 364-page third volume titled "Architecture in Islamic Arts" can be found and downloaded here.
The web site is a resource adjunct site supporting the (LACMA) Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 2003 exhibition of Islamic Art, The Legacy of Genghis Khan.
"The ascent of Muhammad to heaven (mi'rāj)," a folio in the Khamsa of Nizami Ganjavi (d.1209), ca.1539-43, Safavid period.
Kayhan Kalhor is another Iranian world-class musician who plays kemancheh in the classical "radif" tradition. As a solo artist and as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, a project that explores and shares musical traditions from around the world, Kalhor performs across the globe. The following video was part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series, while more can found in his official webpage.
Silk Road Project, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, initiated by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, promoting collaboration among artists and institutions, promoting multicultural artistic exchange, and studying the ebb and flow of ideas among different cultures along the Silk Road. The Silk Road Ensemble draws together distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
The videos of some of their performances can be found here, in the official Youtube Channel.
Here is a video of Rabih Abou-Khalil's Arabian Waltz, the centerpiece of Rabih's 1996 album of the same name, as performed by the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma.
Below you will find some introductory, classical samples of the vast Arabic and Persian poetry.
Shahram Nazeri is a contemporary Iranian tenor who sings classical Iranian music from Kermanshah. He is famous with his unique interpretation of Rumi's poems. His rich webpage contains a gallery, a list of his albums, articles, sample songs, the translations of lyrics and many other things.
The Shams Ensemble is a musical group that performs traditional Sufi and classical Iranian music with the tanboor, Daf, Ney and various other percussion instruments. The group was founded by composer Kaykhosro Pournazeri. The group is most famous of their interpretation of Rumi's poems.
Below you may find their interpretation of a poem of Rumi titled "O'devotees."