2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 3357 Art and the Islamic World

This course is designed to increase understanding of the Islamic world and its artistic legacy. The course will examine the history of art in and relating to the Islamic world from the birth of Islam in the 7th century through the present day. Although this course is primarily structured as a historical overview of major works of architecture and art in a variety of media (i.e. mosaic, ivory, manuscript illumination, metalwork, glass, textile, etc.) that exemplify the main developments and styles traditionally associated with Islamic art, consideration will also be given to current historiographic, methodological and thematic issues - such as the definition and categorization of Islamic art; the movement and reception of Islamic objects and motifs within global contexts; the representation of the Islamic world in the artwork of other cultures; and the place of contemporary Islamic artists within the global history of art.