Islamic Art,
Architecture, & Culture

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Aesthetics of Uneven Development

Cornell University

Instructor: Professor Talinn Grigor


Art in the Wake of the Mongol Conquests Genghis Khan and His Successors

Havard University

Instructor: Professor David J. Roxburgh


Art, Architecture and Tradition; Building Identity in West Africa

Wesleyan University

Instructor: Professor Peter Mark


Cultural Constructions of Asian Cities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Instructor: Robert Cowherd


Cultural History of the Islamic Garden (7th to the 14th Centuries)

United Kingdom

Instructor: Dr Gillian Barker


Design Experimentation & Knowledge Building in Architecture

University of Toronto

Instructor: Zahra Punja


Developing Worlds: Planning and Design in Latin America and the Middle East after WWII

Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Instructor: Hashim Sarkis


Domestic Architecture in Islam and the Poetics of Space

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Instructor: Doctor Carel Bertram


Gender, Space, Architecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Instructor: Professor Heghnar Watenpaugh


History and Culture of Cyprus: A Survey on its Cultural Heritage

Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Architecture

Instructor: Professor Dr. Netice Yildiz


Islamic Architecture and the Environment

MIT Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning

Instructor: Professor Nasser Rabbat


Islamic Art and Architecture

Dartmouth College

Instructor: Professor Glaire Anderson


Islamic Palaces & Court Culture (8th-17th centuries)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Instructor: Professor Glaire Anderson


Orientalism and Representation

MIT Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning

Instructor: Professor Nasser Rabbat


Religious Architecture in Islamic Cultures

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

Instructor: Professor Nasser Rabbat


Religious and Cultural Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran

The Middle East Centre, St.Antony's College

Instructor: Mr. Pedram Khosronejad


The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent: Art, Architecture, and Ceremonial at the Ottoman Court

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Harvard University

Instructor: Professor Gülru Necipoglu


The Architecture of Cairo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Instructor: Professor Nasser Rabbat


The Architecture of Power: Palaces and Palatial Spaces in Islam

Center for Middle Eastern Studies,The University of Texas at Austin

Instructor: Doctor Carel Bertram


The Art of the Islamic Book, 1250–1600

Harvard University

Instructor: Professor David Roxburgh


The Islamic City: Historicity and Abstraction

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture

Instructor: Professor Nasser Rabbat


The Politics of Public Space in Islamic Societies

Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture

Instructor: Professor Talinn Grigor


Theories and Histories of Architectural Preservation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Instructor: Professor Heghnar Watenpaugh


Topics in the Arabic Art and Culture: The Western Mediterranean

Havard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture

Instructor: Professor David J. Roxburgh


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