Course Description

ISLAMIC ART AND ARCHITECTURE
AHI 1 E, Fall 2019

This course introduces the art, architecture and urbanism of societies where Muslims ruled or where they formed significant minorities from the 7th through the 20th centuries CE, in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean. It examines the form and function of architectural settings and works of art; as well as the social and cultural contexts, functions, and meanings of art. Themes include the creation of a distinctive Islamic visual culture; the development of urban institutions; key architectural types such as mosque or caravanserai; the arts of the illustrated book; luxury art objects; cultural interconnections around the Mediterranean; arts related to trade, travel, and pilgrimage.

No prerequisites. No background needed in Art History or Middle East Studies.  

Instructor: Heghnar Watenpaugh

CRN: 30689, 4 Units, GE: AH, VL, WC LECT: M/W 10-11:50 a.m., Location: Art 217

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