Mosque and Minaret - The Architecture of Islam

Ref: C2224586

This course will consider the development of Islamic architecture up to 1700, looking at a variety of buildings from across the Muslim world ranging from India to Spain and Turkey to Morocco. We shall the geographical, historical,religious and cultural factors which have created a variety of regional styles and a distinctively Islamic architecture.

Course aim

An introduction to Islamic architecture, looking at some of the great buildings of the Islamic world and considering regional styles and their religious, cultural and geographical contexts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise and identify a number of significant buildings
  • Discuss the religious and cultural factors which contriibute to a distinctively Islamic style
  • Identify regional and cultural building styles
  • Describe the basic characteristics and arrangements of certain building types, especially the mosque

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Nothing else is needed but an atlas might be helpful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Mosque and Minaret - The Architecture of Islam


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