4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

Fall 2002

An example of a minaret: a tower, circular, octagonal, or square in section, built next to or in a mosque, from which the Muslims are called to prayer. (Image by Nasser Rabbat.)

Course Highlights

This course on religious architecture includes extensive lecture notes covering every major period in Islamic architecture, and includes dozens of images. This course also includes a glossary of terms found in the lecture notes.

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Prof. Nasser Rabbat (RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Course Description

This course introduces the history of Islamic cultures through their most vibrant material signs: the religious architecture that spans fourteen centuries and three continents — Asia, Africa, and Europe. The course presents Islamic architecture both as a historical tradition and as a cultural catalyst that influenced and was influenced by the civilizations with which it came in contact.

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Prof. Nasser Rabbat

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session