Islamic Visual Culture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Islamic Visual Culture

Spring 2020

Taught By: Zainab Mahmood

Section: AX

CRN: 7435

Credits: 4

This class studies aspects of the visual cultures of Islam around the world, ranging from the 7th to the 21st century. Beginning with a discussion of Islam, Muhammad, and the Qur’an, the seminar invites students to discover why defining what constitutes “Islamic art,” “Islamic architecture,” and even “Islamic culture(s)” is both so difficult and so useful. While learning about some of the most traditionally studied expressions of Islamic visual and material culture, such as mosques, shrines, prayer rugs, amulets, ornaments and the rendering of calligraphy in multiple mediums, we will also take on the matter of attire, personal dress and fashion, especially as “Islamic fashion” occupies increasing space in mass and couture markets worldwide. In light of the recent events of the Arab Spring and various Muslim societies across the globe coming to terms with multiple modes of modernity, we will trace the radical and/or reactionary underpinnings of contemporary Islamic visual practices. This is a Seminar-Plus class.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:01pm 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020