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Introduction to Islamic Art & Archaeology 500-1200
Khalili Research Centre, Lecture Room
Convenors: Dr Bongianino, Prof. George & Dr Treadwell
Tuesdays 09.00 – 11.00, Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8
Please note: These classes are restricted to students on the M.Phil. in Islamic Art & Archaeology.
Students to choose three topics, one from each category. Essays are due in weeks 2, 5, 8

The Dome of the Rock (AG)
The Great Mosque of Damascus (AG)
Quṣayr ʿAmra (UB)
The Foundation of Baghdad (AG)
The Main Palace at Samarra (AG)
The Great Mosque of Córdoba (UB)

Architectural decoration & objects
Abbasid ceramics (UB)
Cordovan ivories (UB)
Caliphal iconography (LT)
ʿAbd al-Malik’s coinage reforms (LT)

Umayyad calligraphy (AG)
Qur’an manuscripts under the Abbasids (AG)

Approaches to Islamic Art & Archaeology
Seminars are held on Tuesdays, 14.00–16.00, Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8.
Students will pick three topics on which to write essays
Week 2: 17th October: Islamic archaeology (UB)
Week 4: 31st October: Beauty and the Qur’an (AG)
Week 6: 14th November: Shrines, mausolea, and funerary architecture (UB)
Week 8: 28th November: Islamic aesthetics (AG)

Portfolio of practical work
Portfolio sessions will be held on Tuesdays, usually 14.00–16.00 (check below for exceptions)
Week 1: 10th October Ceramics (UB) – meet in the Ashmolean Museum Lobby at 14.00
Week 3: 24th October Coins (LT) – meet in LT’s office at 14.00
Week 5: 7th November Tirāz (UB) – meet in the Ashmolean Museum Lobby N.B. at 15.00
Week 7: 21st November Article Review (UB) – meet in the KRC Lecture Room at 14.00

KRC Research Seminars
Research Seminars are held every Thursday, 14.00–16.00, in the KRC Lecture Room.
Please note that Jürgen Paul’s lecture on 19th October has been cancelled, and Dr Treadwell will be delivering a seminar instead
Week 1: 12th October – Nadia Ali (Wolfson College, Empires of Faith Project) – Acculturated natives who rebel: Revivalist, Ottomanist, and pan-Arabist engagements with early Islamic art (1876–1930s)
Week 2: 19th October – Luke Treadwell (KRC) - The ʿAbbasid envoy and the giant’s bones: notes on the authorship of Ibn Fadlan’s Kitab
Week 3: 26th October – Georgi Parpulov (Wolfson College, British Museum) – Late medieval pottery from Ephesus
Week 4: 2nd November – Lamia Hadda (University of Naples “Suor Orsola Benincasa”) – L’architecture palatiale ziride et hammadite et son influence sur l’architecture normande en Sicile
Week 5: 9th November – Archie G. Walls (Independent Scholar) – Geometry and architecture in Islamic Jerusalem: a Sufi way
Week 6: 16th November – Ladan Akbarnia (British Museum) – ‘Ways of seeing’: preparing the new Albukhari Foundation galleries of the Islamic world
Week 7: 23rd November – Oliver Watson (Wolfson College, KRC) – An impossibility? Writing a book on Persian pottery
Week 8: 30th November – Fuchsia Hart (Wolfson College, V&A Museum) – Iran: collecting and curating