Lecture Notes

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The Formative Period


1. Birth of Islam


2. Vocabulary of Islamic Architecture

The Mosque of Amru in Fustat.

3. The Architecture of the Early Mosques


The Classical Period

Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhra).

4. Umayyad Grandeur: First Imperial Expressions

The Malwiyya.

5. The Splendors of the Abbasids

The Masjid (or Musalla) of Bab Mardum, Toledo.

6. Religious Monuments of the West: Ifriqiya and Spain

Al-Azhar Mosque.

7. The Fatimid Caliphate: A New Tradition and Old Forms

The Samanid Mausoleum in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

8. Mosques of Iran and Central Asia (8th-11th Century)


The Medieval Period

The Masjid-i Jomeh at Isfahan.

9. The Great Seljuqs, the Sunni Revival, and the Four-Iwan Plan

The Madrasa al-Firdaws in Aleppo.

10. Anatolia, Iraq, and Syria (11th-13th Century)

The Complex of Sultan Qalawun in Cairo.

11. Architecture of the Ayyubids and Mamluks

The Mausoleum of Sultan Oljeïtu at Sultaniyya.

12. Religious Architecture of the Ilkhanids

The Tomb of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq at Delhi-Tughluqabad.

13. Religious Architecture of the Muslim Dynasties in India (12th-15th Century)

The Mosque of Sultan Hasan.

14. Late Mamluk Religious Architecture

The Gur-i-Amir Mausoleum in Samarqand.

15. Religious Architecture of the Timurids


The Age of the Gunpowder Empires

Yesil Cami (Green Mosque) at Iznik.

16. Religious Architecture of Anatolia (14th-15th Century)

The Church of Hagia Sofia (Ayasofia).

17. Classical Ottoman Architecture: The Age of Sinan

The Masjid-i-Shah.

18. The Maydan-i-Shah in Isfahan, the Safavid Capital

The Tomb of Humayun in Delhi.

19. Mughal Mausolea


The Modern Period

The Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul.

20. XIXth Century Religious Architecture

The Corniche Mosque, Jedda, Saudi Arabia.

21. Historicism and Religious Architecture in the Late Twentieth Century