SOAS University of London

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

Art and Architecture of the Early Ottomans and the Beyliks (13-15th centuries)

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2018/2019
Year of study:
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

This course is designed to introduce the material culture (art, architecture, numismatics and arts of the book) of the peoples and states of Islamic Anatolia from the 13th to the 15th centuries to the student.
Students will learn to analyse the totality of material cultural production, and how it changed as the result of economic, social, and historical forces. They will learn to analyse the artistic interplay between Islamic and Christian societies in the region.
They will also examine the Turco-Islamic states of Anatolia in relation to one another, and to the rise of the Ottoman Empire in this time and place.


  • One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar

Scope and syllabus

The course is organised chronologically, with the exception of weeks 2 and 3, during which the major actors on the Beylik & Ottoman states, the Mamluk Sultanate, and the Christian maritime powers, are examined separately.

Week 1 Anatolia and the Balkans in the second half of the 13th century
Week 2 The Mamluks
Week 3 Cyprus & Rhodes; Venetians and Genoese
Week 4 The Aegean Beyliks: Menteşe and Aydın
Week 5 Karaman & the Mediterranean
Week 7 The Early Ottoman State 1: Bursa
Week 8 The Early Ottoman State 2: Edirne
Week 9 The Early Ottoman State: Constantinople
Week 10 Museum Visit: Victoria & Albert Islamic galleries

Method of assessment

  • One 1 000 words book or article review (worth 30%)
  • One 2 000 words essay (worth 70%)


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