4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

As taught in: Fall 2002

Photo of a Minaret.

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.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Nasser Rabbat

Course Features

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.