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AH3131   A Survey of Islamic Art

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Wed (lecture) and either 10.00 am or 12 pm Thu (seminar)

This module offers an introduction to the history of art and architecture in the Middle East and Central Asia, from the birth of Islam in the seventh century through to modern times. It is designed to form a strong foundation for further, future engagement with art and architecture of the Islamic world. The module's expansive timeframe and extensive geographical reach will be explored thematically, and topics such as the word, ornament, figural representation and portraiture, courtly life, prophets, modernity and tradition, and death and afterlife will be addressed in their artistic, and further in their social, religious and political contexts. This will frequently involve discussing very different material, such as architecture, painting, and the minor arts in single lectures and seminars. During the module, we shall also consider how the arts of Islamic realms relate to analogous developments in European art, and ask what actually could be Islamic about art.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( take AH2001 and take AH2002 ) or take MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures (x 10 weeks), 1 seminar (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 270

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 1 x Written assignment as agreed by the Board of Examiners


Module teaching staff: Dr I Sturkenboom