Course overview 

The class schedule is Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is supplemented with a weekly four hours of mandatory afternoon field trips. Class size is small: there will be a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 20.


Course description

This course offers the unique opportunity to study the spectacular examples of medieval Islamic art and architecture of Konya on site. The city, once the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk dynasty and an important stop on several trade routes, hosts a number of important buildings from the Seljuk, Mongol and Karamanid periods. The course will combine lectures and many field trips to monuments and museums in Konya, taking full advantage of the opportunity to study art in context. In addition, students will spend a day at an archaeological excavation of a castle a short distance from the city and experience Islamic art first hand in a series of four workshops about traditional Turkish book arts. By the end of the course, students will have obtained an understanding of the stylistic, historical, and social importance of the medieval Islamic art and architecture of Konya, especially in the Seljuk Period and of its place in the broader framework of Islamic art history.

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