Themes in the Art and Archaeology of the Near and Middle East

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FHEQ Level

Module overview

This module presents a selection of highlights of Islamic art in chronological order from the 7th to the 19th century, with major urban centres providing not the focus of the module but its geographical context and most of its objects of study.

These objects include architecture, painting, ceramics, and metalwork, all of which will be studied in thematic contexts, including conceptual, artistic, historical, and cultural. Where appropriate, other features of Islamic art, such as its interaction with the West, will also be emphasised.

Method of assessment

  • 500-word object analysis (worth 10% of marks)
  • 1,500-word essay (worth 30%)
  • Participation in lectures and tutorials (worth 10%)
  • Exam (in term 3): 2 hours (worth 50%)


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