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Art of the Islamic World: An Online Course

This course serves as an introduction to the pre-modern Islamic artistic traditions of the Mediterranean, Near East, and Central and South Asia.  This course is organized around the major dynasties under which Islamic art and architecture were produced.

Arts of the Islamic World

While the arts of the Islamic world span a vast geographic area and a wide range of media, the following materials highlight three especially important categories of artistic expression: the art of the book, the art of the mosque, and the art of the portable object.  Featured here are objects from historic collection of the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; therefore, the guide explores the history of Islam and not its contemporary manifestations.

Islamic Arts and Architecture (multimedia)

The contribution of the Muslim World to a wide range of arts, sciences and academic disciplines is often overlooked or taken for granted. This site provides a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage within the Muslim World and the significant role that Muslims have played in the advancement of knowledge. It presents the rich creativity of Islamic Arts and Architecture, traces the historical development of Islamic regions and dynasties, highlighting their diversity of artistic expression from the inception of the faith until the present.

Pattern in Islamic Art

This website offers a free download of over 4000 images of patterns and other design features drawn from the rich cultural heritage of the Islamic world. Historically, the decorative arts have always formed a major part of Islamic aesthetic expression. Its remarkable achievements in this direction (much of which are represented here) make it an invaluable resource for designers of all kinds as well as for art-historians and art-lovers generally.

Archnet: Islamic Architecture Community (multimedia)

ArchNet is a web-based international community of scholars, students, and professionals working in architecture, planning, landscape design, and the related fields. The website provides access to images, primary srouces, and scholarly resources–all open source and free for educators.

Art Spots (video)

The Islamic Art Spots are seven visual essays, presented in a series of short films designed to make art from Muslim societies an integral part of the Muslim Journeys experience.

The Art Spots were written and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Art, Architecture, and Landscape History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television.

Arts & Identity: Exploring Palestinian and Israeli Identity through the Arts (multimedia)

On these pages you will find portraits of artists and arts organizations the author encountered during a Fulbright in Israel and Palestine. Each portrait contains a brief overview as well as one or more of the following elements: interviews, photographs, slide shows, short videos, Animotos, and links to other sources.

ARTstor is… Middle Eastern Studies (images)

The ARTstor Digital Library offers many collections of images that document the rich history of the Middle East along with ideas for teaching and scholarship.

Glories of Islamic Art (video)

The Glories of Islamic Art is a four-part television series presented by scholar Dr Akbar Ahmed.  According to The London News, the film gives ‘us something refreshingly different… The series moves at a fast pace… whetting ones appetite to pack up at once and head for Muslim lands’.

Islamic Arts and Architecture (multimedia)

The contribution of the Muslim World to a wide range of arts, sciences and academic disciplines is often overlooked or taken for granted. This site provides a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage within the Muslim World and the significant role that Muslims have played in the advancement of knowledge. It presents the rich creativity of Islamic Arts and Architecture, traces the historical development of Islamic regions and dynasties, highlighting their diversity of artistic expression from the inception of the faith until the present.

La Alhambra, Stunning Moorish Legacy (images)

A comparison of Spanish and Islamic influences.

Muslim Journeys Web Resources (multimedia)

These resources support the Muslim Journeys Collection and provide great information about various aspects of Islam and Muslim Culture and Civilization in the US and around the world.

Photos from Rania Matar (images)

This photograph collection features images from the Middle East, taken by Lebanese photographer Rania Matar.

The Sand Castle (video)

WIDE ANGLE travels to the royal headquarters of the United Arab Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah as HH Sheikh Saud solicits top European architects to carry out his grandiose dream of a new capital city in the middle of his desert kingdom. The documentary follows a Norwegian architectural firm as it makes its bid to design the capital’s master plan, immersing viewers inside an unfolding drama in which agents of East and West struggle to arrive at an architectural vision both worlds can embrace — and one that will ultimately fulfill a Sheikh’s bold dreams.

Access Islam: Art in the Muslim World

In classical Islamic art, forms of art such as calligraphy, architecture, and decorative arts are celebrated. Through the materials presented in this lesson, students will explore basic elements of Islamic art, learn about the origin and styles of the specific art of Islamic calligraphy, and create their own piece of artistic calligraphy.

Arab World Art and Design 

With particular reference to examples from the Arab world and Middle East, students can explore themes of buildings and decoration, maps and map-making, image and identity, photomontage, headgear, and words and images.

Each unit has a series of activities, downloadable resources for use in the classroom and useful websites to help your class get the most out of the session.

Created by the British Museum

Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World

This manual provides information, images and lessons about the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Arts of the Islamic World

While the arts of the Islamic world span a vast geographic area and a wide range of media, the following materials highlight three especially important categories of artistic expression: the art of the book, the art of the mosque, and the art of the portable object.  Featured here are objects from historic collection of the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; therefore, the guide explores the history of Islam and not its contemporary manifestations.

Create a “Me”-niature Painting

Students will create their own painting after learning about traditional Persian Miniature paintings in Saving Faces: The Real Story of Representational Art in Islam.

Graffiti in Egypt’s Revolution

This lesson from the Choices Program asks students to assess the role of graffiti in political protest and uses a short video to analyze the relevance of graffiti during the Egyptian revolution.

 

Islamic Art Lesson

In this lesson from Dartmouth college, students will become acquainted with historical influences on Islamic art, observe the abstract, geometrical nature of Islamic art, analyze the circular structure of Islamic tiling, and design color tilings.

Islamic Art and Geometric Design

Activities for learning about Islamic art and geometric design from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mosque Lamp Activity

In this lesson, students create a mosque lamp and learn about the symbolism of light in Islam

Persian Miniature Paintings Visual Tour

This site provides you and your students with a visual tour of two exquisite sixteenth-century Persian paintings, “A Camp Scene” and “Nighttime in a Palace,” from the collection of the Harvard University Art Museums. The site includes discussion questions and analysis

Representations of Veiling in Art

Students are invited to explore veiling in art produced over the last couple of centuries- in Orientalist paintings and photographs during colonial times up through contemporary treatment of veiling in art by both Muslim and non-Muslim artists. Students learn about how to read paintings and photographs and learn also what art tells us about the artist, the community/viewer of the time. This exercise will ultimately help to clarify the students’ own perspectives about veiling.

Developed by University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, ReOrienting the Veil

Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to the 9-12 US Curriculum on the Middle East and North Africa

This curriculum was born out of an extensive analysis of textbooks used in US high schools to teach about the MENA region. The authors identified five themes and developed detailed, web-based teaching materials to offer robust alternatives to 9-12 teachers.  The themes are as follows:

  • Women & Gender
  • Plural Identities
  • Empire & Nation
  • Political & Social Movements
  • Arts & Technology

The Art of Ancient Egypt

A resource for educators about Ancient Egyptian art.

The Southeastern Anatolia Project

This case study was created to help students understand the complexities of large-scale construction and development projects. Such projects often inspire an optimistic outlook; students will get a better sense of the many different benefits that such projects can have and the ways in which the quality of living can be dramatically improved. At the same time, students will gain an understanding that such projects have side effects, both positive and negative, that can extend across geo-political boundaries.

Developed by the University of Texas at Austin

psu logo edited Words and Images: Art of Iran

This art unit is intended to be taught collaboratively with a concurrent social studies unit, so that students are gaining
understandings of Iranian history and culture as they explore works made by artists of Iranian descent. Lessons 1-3 will
introduce students Iranian visual art, and in lessons 4-5, students will use words and images to succinctly communicate about their own culture and/or values.