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ARTH 384: Treasures of Medieval Islamic Art: Home

This guide is focused on the history of the art and architecture of the medieval Islamic world in regions that border the Mediterranean basin—from The Levant (Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan), Spain and North Africa to Egypt and Anatolia (Tu

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The Assignment

A research paper (6–8 pages), accompanied with illustrations, will examine a topic chosen by you and your professor, Dr. Dimitrova. Themes might include the discussion of a single work of art or architectural monument; an examination of a specific style or period or patron; a type of architectural space (mosque, palace, madrasa, garden); a particular medium (mosaic, painting, sculpture, illuminated manuscript, textile, pottery, glass); or, an exploration of a concept (e.g., pilgrimage, iconoclasm, calligraphy).

Final Draft of Research Paper due: Tuesday, December 14, 2023



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Mosque Lamp for the Mausoleum of Amir Aydakin al-'Ala'i al-Bunduqdar, made shortly after 1285 in Egypt, probably Cairo. Glass, brownish; blown, folded foot, applied handles; enameled and gilded H. 10 3/8 in., Metropolitan Museum of Art (image credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Open Access, image in the public domain)


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