MES 321K • ARTS OF ISLAM, 1500-1800
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course will survey Islamic visual culture from its beginnings in the 7th century A.D. up to the 16th 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.
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: http://reserves.lib.utexas.edu/eres/), or on the ArchNet website (www.archnet.org).