Mosque and Minaret - The Development of Islamic Architecture

Ref: C2347027

Islam originated in Arabia in the 7th Century and spread within a hundred years to create an Arab empire stretching from Spain in the west to central Asia in the east. Based on Byzantine and Persian styles, a distinctive Islamic architecture developed which was later influenced by the rise of Turkish and Mongol cultures in the east and by more local cultures in the west. The final flowering of Islamic architecture came with three great Muslim empires - the Persian Safavids, the Turkish Ottomans and the Indian Mughals - who produced some of the world's greatest and most beautiful buildings. We shall look at how a distinctive Islamic architecture was created, the development of regional styles, and more closely at some of the most important of Islamic, and world, buildings.

Course aim

This course will chart the development of Islamic architecture from the 8th to 17th centuries, considering the emergence of regional styles and the creation of some of the world's most important buildings

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recognise a variety of regional styles
  • Identify a number of significant buildings
  • Describe some of the main architectural features to be found in Islamic buildings
  • Discuss the influence of different cultures on the development of Islamic architecture

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Access to an atlas is not essential but would be helpful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Mosque and Minaret - The Development of Islamic Architecture

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