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

Spring 2005

MES 321K • Art, Architecture, and Identity in the Ottoman Empire

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39580 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
DFA 2.204

Course Description

Though they did not compose a "multi-cultural society" in the modern sense, the ruling elite and the subjects of the vast Ottoman Empire came from a wide variety of regional, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. The dynamics of the Empire's internal cultural diversity, as well as of its external relations with contemporary courts in Iran, Italy, and elsewhere, were continuously negotiated and renegotiated in its art and architecture. This course examines classical Ottoman architecture, arts of the book, ceramics, and textiles. Particular attention is paid to the urban transformation of Byzantine Constantinople into Ottoman Istanbul after 1453, and to the political, technical, and economic factors leading to the formation of a distinctive multiple media in the sixteenth century.

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 15% Short Paper (4-5 pages) 25% Midterm 25% Final Exam 35%


Goodwin, Godfrey. A History of Ottoman Architecture. Course Pack.


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