Spring 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Al-Khemir, Sabiha
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6315 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Arts of the Islamic World

Description of Course:

In Spring 2016 Dr. Sabiha Al Khemir, Senior Advisor for Islamic Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and Distinguished Scholar of Islamic Art in Residence at the O’Donnell Institute, will offer a graduate seminar that introduces students to the arts of the Islamic world based entirely on artworks held at the DMA. Using material that covers a wide span of time and geographical area (from the 7th century onwards and from the Western Mediterranean to South Asia), the seminar explores the main characteristics of the visual language of the Islamic world, such as the significance of calligraphy, the abundance of pattern, and the question of figural representation. The ccourse also looks closely at some of the styles and major techniques of artistic production that reached a remarkable height in the arts of the Islamic world, such as ceramic luster and metal inlay. The seminar will engage students in close study of the art of the object and the cultural dimension objects carry. Research will focus on pieces from the Keir collection housed at the DMA, drawing parallels from other collections and building an understanding of Islamic art and culture in the context of world collections.

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