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HSD109 – Introduction to Islamic Art

Muslim societies produced arts of tremendous vitality and diversity for around 1400 years in centres from Spain and West Africa to South-East Asia and China. Their artistic production includes architectural monuments such as mosques, palaces, and civic centres to textiles, manuscripts, and portable objects in ceramic, gold, silver, metal alloys, ivory, and rock crystal. This introductory course aims to explore the main stylistic and iconographic themes in Islamic art and architecture and highlight the diversity of its expressions. There will be cultural visits to museums, exhibitions and a permanent collection in one of the London museums to see examples of Islamic Art from the seventh to the twentieth centuries.
Module Title: Introduction to Islamic Art
Module Type: Designated
Program: BA Hawza Studies
Prerequisite(s): None
Credit(s): 10
Module Code: HSD109
Component(s): Written report: 50% - Presentation: 50%


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