Islamic Art and Architecture|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Studies, South Asia Studies|
This course is a thematic introduction to the history of Islamic art and architecture from the time of the Prophet Muhammad through its 17th-century culmination in the period of the great Islamic empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. All major genres of Islamic art will be considered including religious and secular architecture, the arts of the book (calligraphy and painting), and decorative arts. Some of the broader issues to be examined include the allegedly anti-iconic nature of Islamic art, relations between Islamic art and preexisting traditions in territories absorbed by Islam (Byzantine, Persian, Central Asian, Indian), and the problem of what makes Islamic art Islamic.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, ISLAMIC ARTS
Oleg Grabar, THE FORMATION OF ISLAMIC ART
Chase F. Robinson, `ABD AL-MALIK. MAKERS OF THE MUSLIM WORLD SERIES.
Yasser Tabbaa, THE TRANSFORMATION OF ISLAMIC ART DURING THE SUNNI REVIVAL
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short essays, quiz, mid-term and final.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and reading of all assigned materials. This course counts toward the South Asian Studies Certificate as a "historical inquiry" course, and toward the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate as a "historical texts and traditions" course.