SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Mosque and Palace in the Muslim World

Module Code:
154900187
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
5
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Term 1
This module primarily investigates the architecture of the palace and Friday mosque in the Muslim world by exploring the relationship between the two, looking at what each has taken from the other in terms of architectural elements, ceremonial ritual and other forms of symbolism. This exploration allows the module to consider both types of architecture as a materialisation of sacred power, at least for the pre-modern and earlier periods that form the exploration's timespan. Secondarily, the module investigates contemporary mosque architecture by exploring its relationship to pre-modern and earlier mosque architecture.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • identify different palaces and types of mosques in the Muslim world and to compare different approaches to the study of mosque and Muslim palace architecture.
  • critically consider the social contexts for the construction and differing, intermingled uses of mosques and palaces from ca. 630 C.E. until the present today.
  • analyse architecture from the Muslim world using appropriate vocabulary.
  • assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course.

Method of assessment

Non-Finalist:
  • One 750 word essay - 20%
  • One 1,500 word essay - 40%
  • One two hour exam - 30%
  • Lecture/seminar participation and attendance - 10%
Finalist:
  • One 750 word essay - 20%
  • One 1,500 word essay and annotated bibliography - 40%
  • One two hour exam - 30%
  • Lecture/seminar participation and attendance - 10%

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