HIST 2252: History and Religion in Islam Art
|Course Format||Lecture 2.0 h + Seminar 2.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h|
This course involves study of the architecture and artifacts of Islam as a reflection of Islamic beliefs and historical developments. Since its rise in Arabia in the seventh century, Islamic society has produced many beautiful works of architecture and decoration, but how far do these works reflect Islamic beliefs, and how far would it be more accurate to regard them as a reflection of historical realities? What do we actually mean when we describe forms of artistic expression as being distinctively "Islamic?" This course will seek to answer these questions through an examination of various forms of Islamic art, including architecture, paintings, ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture.
No prior knowledge of Islam or its history is required from students taking this course.