Art of ancient Central Asia
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RA662
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
In this weekend course, we will examine the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia. We will also consider the important role played by the Silk Road not only in the commercial activities but also in the movement of ideas.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
On Saturday, we will cover the pre-Islamic times with the great Sasanian Empire (224-651) and the Turk-Asiatic legacy. We will continue with an in-depth analysis of the artistic world of the Abbasids (750-1258) and the Great Seljuks of Iran (1040-1157). On Sunday, we will explore the art and architecture of the Mongol dynasties. We will start from the influential role played by Genghis Khan (1162-1227) and his immediate successors to the advent of Ilkhanids (1256-1353) and Timurids (1370-1507), whose conversion to Islam provided a new impulse to the artistic scene of Iran and Central Asia.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- discuss the arts and artefacts produced in Central Asia;
- locate artwork and artefacts in their historical, political, religious, cultural context;
- establish skills of critical and visual analysis.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching is intended to be interactive. PowerPoint presentations with a wide range of slides will accompany the prepared talks. Questioning is welcomed throughout. Handouts with a selected bibliography and other helpful information for further self-study will be provided on Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other cost. Please bring writing material and your eagerness to learn a lot about Central Asia and its articulated history.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Ancient civilisation course. See website for details.