Hedrick, Christian. “Teaching Islamic Architecture: An Introduction to Introducing the
Subject.” Presentation developed for Archnet.org, Aga Khan Documentation Center, Cambridge, MA, 2015.
This presentation was conceived as a way to introduce to
instructors some of the topics one might encounter while teaching the history
of Islamic architecture. It is intended for instructors to review for
themselves and is not intended to be delivered to students. Much of the
material here has been previously presented in a public lecture and is provided
here for wider dissemination. This presentation includes a brief introduction to
the subject’s historiography, challenges in teaching the material, as well as a
brief assessment of some popular textbooks. If one is embarking upon a ‘World’
or ‘Global’ survey of art or architectural history the information in this
presentation can provide a valuable background and greater accessibility for
anyone wishing to teach any aspect of Islamic art and architecture.