Purpose and Mission:

The purpose of the Archnet Pedagogy Collection is to make well-crafted and practical resources publicly available for those teaching the subject of Islamic art and architecture. The collection provides useful aids in a variety of media that can assist instructors in how they might approach and understand this diverse and prodigious subject matter and its extensive historiography in order to teach it more effectively. Sourced predominantly from the vast Archnet website, which contains both image and textual sources in a single location, the collection includes both prepared lectures as well as the ability for individuals to create their own using the ‘thumbnail bar’ feature. The prepared lectures are available for download as PowerPoint files and can be easily tailored to meet an instructor’s specific needs. The ultimate goal of the Pedagogy Collection is to facilitate and enhance the teaching of art and architecture produced by predominantly Muslim societies by showcasing the rich possibilities of Archnet.

Click on the image to the right to view the collection. Among the resources you will find are: 

  • Introduction to Islamic Architecture - Ready to use PowerPoint Presentations that can be used in whole or in part for teaching about Islamic architecture
  • Syllabi - Created by some of the leading scholars in the field for both general survey courses, and advanced specialized courses
  • Publications - Articles and books on various aspects of pedagogy
  • Teaching Collections - Scholars' archives donated to AKDC@MIT; each scholar's collection is unique and may contain slides, prints, field notes, and other materials as outlined in the finding aids for each archive
  • K-12 - Resources for primary and secondary education
In addition to considering the material in this collection, we encourage you to consult the Collections page, which highlights our resources in categories, and the Resources page, which lists major Archnet collections alphabetically.   

Finally, we remind you that this collection is under development, and that we welcome you comments, suggestions, and contributions.



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