A Cultural History of the Islamic World
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 2012
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
A broad introductory survey of the visual and material culture of the Islamic world from its formative period in the 7th century to contemporary practices in the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. This course will be taught as a as a series of lecture-based discussions. Although lectures will follow a rough chronological order, mapping out the historical development of the 'Islamic' world and the role of historical events upon culture and society, each week will also be somewhat thematic in nature highlighting important aspects of the period discussed. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the complexity of terms employed, such as 'Islamic Art’; the contradictions inherent in such a classi?cation as well as the value of such a broad genre.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.


Open to Undergraduate students.