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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Spring 2010

ISL 372 • ARTS OF ISLAM, 1500-1800

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42045 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
DFA 2.204

Course Description

This course will survey Islamic visual culture from its beginnings in the 7th century A.D. up to the16th century. Our object is to investigate the temporal, spatial, & experiential aspects of Islamic architecture (including forms as varied as mosques, shrines, palaces, schools, & warehouses) - as wellas the largely secular & often strongly figural tradition of Islamic painting, sculpture, ceramic, metal and glass objects. In particular, we will pay attention to how buildings & artistic objects were used: in which contexts, & by whom. We will explore the tension between the rich & diverse r egionalism of Islamic art & its simultaneous universal identity. Has Islam, as one of the world's great religions, given a special character to its art? Or is the term "Islamic" perhaps a misnomer to describe an artistic tradition that spans 1,400 years & three continents? Additional information provided by instructor.

Grading Policy

Attendance & Participation 30% Mid-term 20% Research Paper 30% Final Exam 20%


Islamic Art and Architecture; History of the Islamic World Online Readings (E-reserves:, or on the ArchNet website (


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