ARTH 320: Art of the Islamic World

ARTH 320-001: Art of the Islamic World: Art of Iran, Central Asia and Turkey, from the Ilkhanids to the Ottomans
(Spring 2024)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW

Art & Design Building L008

Section Information for Spring 2024

This course is an examination of art and architecture of Iran, Central Asia and Turkey in the medieval and early Modern periods. After a short introduction to early Islamic art, we will begin the course in Baghdad of 1258, on the eve of the Mongol invasion. We will then trace the establishment of the Il-khanate in Iran and the ways in which these new rulers adapted and changed traditional and local visual culture to suit their needs. We will then look at the spectacular architecture of the Timurids in cities like Samarkand and the splendid manuscripts made under the Timurids in the bustling artistic center of Herat. Next we’ll study the captivating, delicate manuscripts of the Safavid dynasty and the great era of Persian painting, and at the rebuilding of the city of Isfahan, an example of early modern urban renewal. We’ll finish the course with the art and architecture of early modern Ottoman period. Throughout the course we will investigate themes of empire and conquest, cross-cultural exchange, tradition and innovation, and the role of painting and the arts in culture. The goal of this course is to build an understanding for the art and culture of the period and learn a chronology of its history. Students will also learn basic terms and vocabulary of art history, and how to discuss and analyze works of art.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Introduction to Islamic art, from the time of Muhammad to present. Cultural and regional approach, utilizing local museum collections. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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