Course overview

This fascinating four week course will provide an introduction to Islamic architecture, looking at its origins and development from the 8th to 17th centuries, and considering its essential characteristics, the emergence of regional styles and the creation of some of the world's most beautiful and important buildings. By the end of the course Learners will be able to recognise a number of significant Islamic buildings and to place these and others within their regional and cultural contexts. All are welcome to join and no prior knowledge is required.

Course description

This fascinating four week course will provide an introduction to Islamic architecture, looking at its origins and development from the 8th to 17th centuries, and considering its essential characteristics, the emergence of regional styles and the creation of some of the world's most beautiful and important buildings.

Islam originated in Arabia in the 8th 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, Turkish Ottomans and Indian Moghuls, 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.

By the end of the course Learners will be able to recognise a number of significant Islamic buildings and to place these and others within their regional and cultural contexts. All are welcome to join and no prior knowledge is required.

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