Finbarr Barry Flood is currently working on his research book, Islam and Image: Polemics, Theology and Modernity, a transhistorical exploration of the ‘prohibition of images’ (Bilderverbot) as a perceived characteristic of Islamic cultures. Based on both empirical and theoretical approaches, the book analyses the interrelationships between proscription, prescription, and artistic praxis. It is to be published by Reaktion Books, London. He has been distinguished with many honors such as the 2014 Iris Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts. He was the 2011 winner of the Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies, South Asia Council, for the best English-language work in South Asian studies,. His other honors include Carnegie Foundation Scholar (2007-2008), NYU's Golden Dozen Award for Outstanding Teaching (2006), Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute (2007), and Residential fellow at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (2006), among many others.