Art of the Islamic World (AH2123.01)

Razan Francis

This course is an introduction to the art of the Islamic world from the late seventh century to the present, covering a geography that extends from Central and South Asia to North Africa and Spain. Focusing on art of different materials, as well as architecture, photography, and film, the course highlights the diversity of Islamic visual culture. The lectures are structured chronologically while addressing themes central to the study of Islamic art, including, but not limited to: the art of the book, calligraphy and ornament, figural representation, artistic patronage, and Orientalism. No previous background is required. All readings are available in English.


Learning Outcomes:
- Knowledge of the diverse artistic traditions of the Islamic world.
- Ability to evaluate the religious, social, and political contexts that shape artistic production.
- Close examination of works of art and architecture, and careful attention to material, detail, technique, epigraphy, and design methods.
- Understanding key themes pertinent to art and architectural monuments raised by the art historical discourse.
- Critical, comparative, and contextualized analysis of artworks in light of the art historical debates.
- Effective research, writing, and verbal skills.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: Fully In-Person , All courses , Art History
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