Sultan Postdoctoral Fellow
Islamic Art and Architecture
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2012
M.A., American University in Cairo, 2006
B.Sc., Cairo University, 2001
Dr. Heba Mostafa is the Sultan Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the areas of History of Islamic Art, Architecture, and Urbanism for the academic year 2013-14. Heba received her doctorate from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture in 2012, where she also taught courses on Islamic art and architecture. She previously held positions at the American University in Cairo and the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. She holds a B.Sc in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University (2001) and an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture (2006) from the American University in Cairo. Her research focuses on the early development of Islamic architecture with an emphasis on interaction between the political and religious in the articulation of early Islamic authority through architecture within the mosque, palace and shrine.
While at Berkeley, Dr. Mostafa is hosted by the Department of the History of Art. This fall she is teaching Art History C121A: Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture, which is cross-listed with Arch 179P: Special Topics in the History of Architecture and NES C121A: Topics in Islamic Art. The course will treat, in depth, topics in Islamic architecture and topics in Islamic art. Subjects addressed may include painting, calligraphy, and book production. She is currently working on turning her dissertation into a book with the working title "Religio-political Authority and the Formation of Islamic Architecture."