In this course Introduction to Islamic Art, you will learn to recognize, appreciate and understand Islamic art. The course addresses the epistemological, philosophical and academic definitions of Islamic art in accessible terms. To this day, the definition is contested by many and the class will include an overview of the scholarly discussions around the topic. Students then undergo a journey to discover key eras, important monuments and decorative items. In the process, they learn about sacred geometry, arabesque and calligraphy, as well as the religious, political, cultural, creative, technical and architectural considerations underlying canonic works of Islamic art.
This module explores the canonic definition of Islamic Art as well as the debates surrounding this definition within and outside the major.
This module introduces looks at key eras of Islamic Art and the main aesthetic, technical and cultural characteristics of each era.
This module introduces students to key monuments of notable importance in Islamic Art. This selection includes a variety of architectural wonders that Islamic Art students ought to know.
This module introduces students to key accessories of notable importance in Islamic Art. This selection includes a variety of artistic wonders, many of which also hold a functional purpose.
This module presents an overview of the recurrent motifs in Islamic Art, and sheds light on an important aspect of the field -namely Islamic patterns in general, and arabesque in particular.
This module is an introduction to Arabic calligraphy, a key component of Islamic Art.
Fiber artist and jewelry designer with a doctoral degree in cultural history. Founder of Kinship Stories and Espace Fann.
Interior architect with a minor degree in Islamic Art. Tannir’s experience focuses on interior styling and turnkey projects. Co-founder of Espace Fann.
Amira mohamad alayli senior coordinator at espacefann having a bachelor's degree in psychology and clinical nutrition. She held the position of public relations manager at mövenpick hotel Jeddah and worked as a floor manager in Jacques dessange institute jeddah, while working at the same time as a relationship manager at Alaamal Institute for training and development. She participated in many workshops and self development trainings and enrolled in courses about communication skills and creative thinking. Amira is bilingual, she is fluent in English and French in addition to the Arabic native language.