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ARTH 320: ART HISTORY OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD Summer Session A, 2007 Maureen M. Guignon Mon-Fri: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Robinson B333 Fine Arts Building 110 email@example.com COURSE INFORMATION: ARTH 320 fulfills the Global understanding & non-Western requirements. This course examines the historical, cultural and religious background of the Islamic world from the 7th Century to the present and its corresponding impact on art and architecture throughout the Islamic world. Slide lectures, readings, map and museum assignments will be used to teach students about three types of visual art within the Islamic world: the Arts of the Book, monumental architecture, and luxury arts. The class objectives are to increase students‟ geographical, historical, cultural, and religious knowledge of the Islamic world through art and architecture; to realize the continuities and similarities within that world as well as its unique differences; to become familiar with museums and mosques in the area; and to acquire art-historical methods of interpretation. Class requirements include reading assignments, maps, tests, papers, and classroom participation. There are two required textbooks available at the GMU bookstore: Blair and Bloom‟s Islamic Arts and John Esposito‟s Islam: The Straight Path. This class requires a paper assignment based on visits to the Islamic Center and Mosque and local museums. Students are expected to attend class fully prepared to participate and to learn. Please respect others: do not arrive late, leave early or disrupt other students, and, turn off cell phones. You must notify me before missing a test or assignment OR provide a written, documented excuse in order to make up the test or assignment. College level writing ability is necessary for this class. If you are unsure of your writing ability, please see me or visit the campus Writing Center: http://writingcenter.gmu.edu/ . If you have special requirements, please notify me as soon as possible. My e-mail address is listed above and I am available for drop in office hours before and after class in the Slide Library, Robinson B-333 or you may make an appointment. COURSE REQUIREMENTS and DUE DATES: TBA Map Assignment May 29: Test #1 25% June 5: Test #2 25% June 15: Test #3 25% June 22: Final Paper Due 25% 2 TESTS: All tests are based on lectures, readings, and works of art in the text and from lectures. Tests will include: 1. Definitions of terms. You will be responsible for specific vocabulary words and you will be asked to (a) define each term; (b) give an example; (c) state the significance of each term. 2. Slide Identification. You will identify slides by their title, time period, geographical location, and medium. 3. Comparison exercise: You will compare and contrast works of art and architecture through slide identification and visual analysis. 4. A short essay, based on lectures and class readings, will ask a general question on the “big picture” or “problems in art history.” MUSEUM PAPER ASSIGNMENT: A trip to a mosque and a museum displaying Islamic art is required to examine architecture and art as a primary source for a paper assignment. Complete instructions and information will be provided. Writing at the college level requires the incorporation of specific rules of grammar, spelling, and citation as well as perfect paper mechanics including the structure of sentences, paragraphs, and punctuation. I expect college level writing; therefore, if you are concerned about your writing skills, please see me immediately. There is a Writing Center on campus that helps students improve their writing skills. Papers that do not meet college standards will be returned for a re-write and the grade will be lowered. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY HONOR CODE: George Mason University has an honor code. All students will sign the honor pledge on all assignments to verify that the work on the assignment is entirely their own. Plagiarism on papers includes not citing sources of information and is considered a violation of the Honor Code. Check the web site: http://www.gmu.edu/facstaff/handbook/aD.html GRADING: A work (A+= 100; 93-99=A; 90-92=A-) is awarded for superior understanding of all concepts and factual material, for excellent written work, and classroom participation. B work (87-89=B+; 83-86=B; 80-82=B-) is above average mastery of material with well- written assignments and obvious class participation and preparation. C work (77-79=C+; 73-76=C; 70-72=C-) is an average good grade. It represents a basic grasp of factual and conceptual material and competent written presentation. D work (60-69) is minimally passing and it represents unsatisfactory understanding of the material and poor written work. Frequent absences, not following instructions or failing to complete assigned readings are common factors in poor grades. 3 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES, READINGS, AND ASSIGNMENTS. PART I: ISLAM: RELIGION, ART, & ARCHITECTURE For this week, read: Blair & Bloom, pp 5-127; Esposito, pp. 3-31. Web: View MSS Chester Beatty Library @ www.cbl.ie/imagegallery/gallery.asp?sec=2 Monday, May 21 Review Syllabus Lecture: Historical Background of Islam in Arabia Assign: Map, Due May 24 Tuesday, May 22 Mecca, Muhammad, Islam. Arts of the Book: The Qur‟an Wednesday, May 23 Early Islamic Architecture: The Mosque Mecca and the Hajj. Thursday, May 24 Early Expansion of Islam: Jerusalem and Damascus Friday, May 25. Museum Visit. PART II: THE EXPANSION OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD For this section, read Blair & Bloom, pp. 131-283; Esposito, pp.32-67. Web: Read one of the „assemblies‟ of Maqamat al-Hariri from the Medieval Source Book. Web: Caroline Williams, “Islamic Cairo: A Past Imperiled” on JSTOR. Monday, May 28 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY. Tuesday, May 29 TEST #1. Wednesday, May 30 The Abbasid World: Baghdad Review: Museum/Mosque Paper Assignment Thursday, May 31 Al-Andalus: Islamic Spain. Friday, June 1 Egypt: Fustat & Medieval Cairo Saturday, June 2 Mosque/Museum Tour in D.C. Monday, June 4 Problems in Art History: Modern Cairo: Conservation, Restoration, and Reconstruction Read: Caroline Williams for this class. Tuesday, June 5 TEST #2 4 PART III: THE ISLAMIC WORLD: PERSIA, INDIA & OTTOMAN EMPIRE For this section, read Blair & Bloom, pp. 287-422; Esposito, 68-114. Web: For Wednesday please browse information on: Ibn Battuta; Alexander; Ibn Fadlan. Wednesday, June 6 Persia: Luxury Arts & Architecture Thursday, June 7 The Mughal Empire: Islamic India Friday, June 8 Travelers in the Muslim World Mughal India: MSS and the Hamzanama Persia: MSS and the Shahnama Monday, June 11 Rough draft of paper topic is due today. The Ottoman Empire Tuesday, June 12 The Ottoman Empire, Part II. Textiles and Design. Wednesday, June 13 Problems in Art History. East Meets West: Orientalism Frank Lloyd Wright: Who Owns Architecture? Who Owns Art? Napoleon; the Ottoman Empire; the Baghdad Museum; The Afghan Museum in Exile. Thursday, June 14 Catch up, Wrap up, Essay Question for Final. Review Final Paper Assignment. Friday, June 15 TEST #3: 2:30 Monday, June 18 Individual Meetings on Final Paper Friday, June 22 Final Paper Due. Email as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org; or hard copy in my mailbox in Robinson B-359 History/Art History Department. 5 ART OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD PAPER ASSIGNMENT ARTH 320, SUMMER 2007 DUE: JUNE 22, 2007 The paper assignment requires two visits, one to a mosque and one to a museum. The most accessible mosque is the Islamic Center Mosque in D. C. Its address is listed below. Please call as the mosque is closed during prayer time. Every visitor should be appropriately dressed when entering the mosque; this means no shorts, no bare arms and a head covering for women. Shoes should be removed prior to entering the mosque. You may choose any object of art from the Islamic world on display at an area museum listed below. The topic/theme/argument of your paper should link your visit to the mosque to a specific object in the museum exhibit you visited. You may write on a topic of your own choice. However, here are few thoughts to consider. Is there some connection between styles, design, or the particular objects of architecture or “art”? Did this visit challenge you to look at art and architecture differently? What was the cultural context between the two visits? What is the difference between art in a museum and „art‟ in a mosque? The basic ground rules are: The paper will be 4 pages long, typed or word processed in black ink, double spaced, and stapled. I expect it to be spell-checked, grammar-checked, complete sentences, and on time. You must describe and use a specific object of art from a museum and it must be clearly identified with a footnote with its title, artist, medium, date, accession number, location. Please cite your sources (not citing sources is considered plagiarism). A good paper will be turned in on time and it must show that you: 1) visited both the mosque and museum in person; 2) understand the characteristics of Islamic art and architecture; and, 3) have the ability to write a well-organized paper with a title, an introduction, a theme, a clear purpose or argument, and a strong conclusion. The Islamic Center; 2551 Massachusetts Ave, NW; (202) 332-8343. www.theislamccenter.com Freer Gallery, Jefferson Drive & 12th; (202) 357-4880; “Arts of the Islamic World” Many of the objects from this collection are pictured in the Blair and Bloom textbook. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave., (202) 357-4880; “Fountains of Light: Islamic Metalwork.” The Silk Route exhibit in the connecting hall between the Sackler and the Freer also contains objects from the Islamic world. Textile Museum, 2320 S. St., NW, (202) 667-0441; “Seldom Seen: Director‟s Choice” is a mix of different textiles from around the world, including the Middle East. 6 You may use a third example of art or architecture from the web to prove your point or add to your main theme. Be sure to cite your source (using the URL) and also describe how it is different from seeing the “real” thing in a museum or in the mosque.
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