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The Meanings of Islamic Art
Doris Behrens-Abouseif :: Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, The School of Oriental and African Studies
The lecture presents the major features of Islamic Art and discusses the nature of its patronage and the cultural factors that contributed to shape it.
Umayyad Art & Architecture
Geoffrey King :: Reader in Islamic Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The lecture describes the earliest Islamic art and architecture and its origins in Arabia and Bilâd al-Sha’m/Syria/Palestine with reference to the major holy edifices and the so-called desert palaces of the Umayyad rulers.
Abbasid Art & Architecture
Alastair Northedge :: Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
The art of the apogee of the Abbasid caliphate: Baghdad, Samarra and Raqqa, This module deals with the urbanism and architecture of the mosques, palaces and sports facilities such as racecourses and hunting reserves. The art includes carved stuccoes, paintings from Samarra, and the production of new artistic styles, such as glazed ceramics.
The Artistic Personality of Islamic Egypt
This lecture gives an overview of the history of Islamic architecture and the decorative arts in Egypt, showing its interaction with the development of the visual arts in the Muslim world in general and its specific relation with Egyptian history and culture.
The Foundations of Islamic Archaeology in the Gulf
Mark Beech :: Cultural Landscapes Manager, Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
This module provides an overview of the Pre-Islamic prehistoric foundations of the Gulf region. It discusses what guiding factors lead people to settle in this region thousands of years ago, discussing major sites investigated by archaeologists.