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HUM 515 Islamic Art: Introduction to an Unseen World

Course Description

What is Islamic Art? Is there such a thing as Islamic Art? What are its origins? Does it belong to a particular period in world history? Many art historians apply an approach used towards defining the Western period of the arts to the arts of the Muslim lands. This course will focus on ideas by Dr. Oleg Grabar who suggests that instead of looking at Islamic art as being a fixed form associated with a particular time, geographical area or subject, we can understand it as a form shaped by a civilization and culture, wherever Islam has touched upon, thus giving it a diversity in its interpretation. Art and architecture from the Middle East, Africa and Asia will be used as examples to further illustrate this form.


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