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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2007

WGS 345 • Gender and Art in Muslim World

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Course Description

This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of "Universal Muslim Identity", and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence). The discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social and economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures. Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional and modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of Gender, in both the traditional & contemporary Muslim world.


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