Course Descriptions

Course Title:  01:082:328  Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture in the Islamic World

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Lecture

Course Prerequisites: 01:082:320 or permission of instructor.    

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Modern Islamic Art:  This course is broadly designed as a survey of art and architecture of the Islamic world from 1453 to the present.  It brackets the content under three themes: three early-modern Islamic empires (ottomans, Safavids, Mughals), "colonized" Islamicate lands, today's predominantly Muslim empires.  The course's art historical interests are not limited to two-dimensional works on paper and singular monuments, but urbanism, city planning (Fatehpur Sikri, modern Baghdad, colonized Algiers), as well as city destruction (Beirut, as our last lecture, will be a case study).  Under the three large themes based on empire, the course introduces notions of imperial self-fashioning, artistic agency, cross-cultural exchange, orientalism, westernization, occidentalism, and revivalism.

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Professor Deniz Turker

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Laura Weigert, Chair

Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Program Director 

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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