Prerequisites: 01:082:105,106 or permission from the instructor.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:667:320 or 01:685:320.
This course is the first part of a chronological survey of Islamic art and architecture that covers the period from Islam’s origins in the seventh century to the onset of ‘modern’ empires in the fifteenth century. The course’s overall aim is to highlight the diversity of Islamic visual cultures spanning the region between India and Spain by looking closely at specific cities, sites, monuments, and objects. The lectures, though chronologically structured, will ask larger questions like:
- What were the ambitions of medieval patrons?
- In what ways did the built environment reflect their identities and desires?
- What roles did women and non-Muslim minorities play in making things?
- What about figural representation—did (and does) Islam ban figural imagery?
- And, is ‘Islamic’ an adequate designation for all that we study?
Whenever possible, the course expands its range of sources and seeks responses from students on eyewitness accounts (travel narratives, embassy letters, artistic commissions, legal documents) contemporary to the sites and objects in question as well as the most recent historical representations for students to have occasion to critically respond.
Two short response papers: 15% each
Attendance and participation: 15%
First Exam: 25%
Second Exam: 30%
Syllabus:The syllabus will be available on the Learning Management System (Sakai/Canvas) as of first day of class
Disclaimer:These Course Synopses pages have been provided as samples and the information should not be considered accurate or current. For actual course information, refer to the course site hosted by a Rutgers Learning Management System (Sakai, Canvas, etc.) first day of class.