Decoration in Islamic buildings and artefacts (ARTH 01)

  • Day and time: Monday 12:10 - 13:10
  • Length of course: 1 term. Autumn (8 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 25
  • Start date: 05 October 2020
  • Description:

    Eight lectures on Islamic characteristics in architecture, ceramics, textiles, calligraphy, metalwork, etc. Illustrated with slides showing examples from: Spain, Africa, Middle East, Persia & India 

    1. Introduction to the requirements of Islam for buildings and artefacts. 

    2. The application of mathematics and geometry to Islamic decoration.  

    3. Naturalistic decoration derived from the plants and the materials used. 

    4. Figurative decoration on non-religious buildings and artefacts. 

    5. Examples from the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates in Jordan, Syria and Iraq. 

    6. Examples from the Seljuk and Ottoman empires in Turkey and Persia. 

    7. Examples from Egypt, N Africa and Spain - Cairo, Morocco, Cordoba & Granada. 

    8. Examples from Persia, Pakistan and India – from Isfahan, Uzbekistan, & the Moguls. 

    BIBLIOGRAPHY: Islamic Art and Architecture, Robert Hillenbrand, Thames & Hudson, 1999. Islam art & architecture, Eds. Hattstein & Delius, H F Ullmann. Ornament and decoration in Islamic architecture, Clevenot & Degeorge, Thames & Hudson, 2000.

  • Format: Seminar

  • Tutor: Rob Howard
  • I am an architect with a particular interest in Islamic buildings and I have previously given lectures on Islamic architecture using illustrations from buildings, most of which I have visited.


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