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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

The Decorative Arts of Islam

Course Code:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

The course gives a panoramic view of the decorative arts of the Muslim world in the period from the 13th to the 19th centuries focussing on the arts of glass, ceramics and metalwork. It examines techniques, history and influences and social context. The course will also examine the transformation of the Islamic decorative arts in the 19th century.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

  • At the end of the course, students will have gained an advanced knowledge and understanding of the themes, issues and debates of the art of the Edo Period, including its social contexts.
  • Students will be able to assess critically materials and themes explored in the course through the use pertinent examples.
  • Students will have gained skills and knowledge that can be applied more widely to the understanding of the art histories of particular periods and cultures.
  • students will have demonstrated their knowledge and understanding in seminar contributions and written work.

Method of assessment

3 essays of 2,000 words worth 10% each = 30%. Exam worth 70%

Suggested reading

  • J.W. Allan, Islamic Metalwork : The Nuhad Es-Said Collection, London, 1982.
  • Esin Atil, The Renaissance of Islam, Art of the Mamluks, Washington DC, 1981.
  • Doris Behrens-Abouseif. Mamluk and Post-Mamluk Metal Lamps, Cairo, 1995.
  • Stefano Carboni and David Whitehouse. Glass of the Sultans, New York, 2002.
  • Oliver Watson, Ceramics from Islamic Lands, London, 2004.
  • A.S. Melikian-Chirvani, Islamic Metalwork from the Iranian World, London, 1982.
  • J.M. Rogers, & R. Ward. S├╝leyman the Magnificent, London, 1988