Introduction to Islamic Art
TuTh 1230-2P, 103 MOFFITT
This course introduces students to the art, architecture, and visual and material cultures in Islamic contexts, from the 7th through the 19th centuries. In the first half of the course, we examine the aesthetic manifestations of Islam within the context of the development of its institutions, in particular the ‘formative’ negotiations of the Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Seljuk, and Mamluk periods between visual idioms and new spiritual and political programs. In the second, we adopt the frameworks of exchange and translation to study the (re)formation of these practices and precedents in other spaces and times, within changing modes of interpretation, aesthetic response, royal patronage and taste, artisanal production, ceremonial practice, and trade.