Islamic Art and Architecture (AH3113) Spring 2016
Mondays/Wednesdays, 11:10AM - 12:25PM (Smith Hall of Art, Room 115)
Prof. Elizabeth Dospel Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Hours: Room 109, Mondays and Wednesdays after class, by appointment, 12:302:
January 11, 2016
What is Islamic Art?
is art produced for Muslims in lands dominated by Islam
Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, 685 705
Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain, 8th - 10th c.
Great Mosque of Damascus, Syria, 706 71
Many have called ibn seens philosophy the peak and synthesis of the early peripatic school
in Islam discuss this thesis with a specific reference to ibn seena own though
Discuss role, in his devo
Abu Ali al-Husayn Ibn Abdullah Ibn Sina was born in Bukhara
Discuss the relationship between Sufism and Islamic revelation with specific reference
to the Quran, the Sharia, and the teachings of the Prophet.
Describe the ways in which the Islamic world responded to modernism and
Fragment of a textile with man wrestling lion, 7th 9th c., Byzantine, silk,
Fragment of a textile with palmettes, 8th c., Umayyad, silk, luxury object
Fragment of a textile depicting an amazon, 6th 8th c., Byzantine/Umayyad,
The Development of the Mosque
February 1, 2016
How to read a floor plan
What is the archaeological evidence for the development of the mosque?
Why is the development of the mosque such a contentious topic?
STUDY GUIDE ISLAMIC ART
Two slide IDs, 5 minutes each ID (10 minutes) = 10 points (five points each ID)
For each slide ID, you are expected to provide: Title / patron [if known]/date / dynasty /
medium / function; if a building or arch
Late Antique Context: Byzantine, Sasanian,
Overview of Course Objectives
learn the key objects and monuments of Islamic art from sites around the
Mediterranean, North Africa, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Iran, and re
January 25, 2016
Continuation of Iconoclasm discussion
What were the functions of the Umayyad qusur? What are their precedents
in the ancient world?
Describe the iconography (subject matter) of decorati