Geometry and Art in Islamic Culture
Instructor: Dr. Haq
This course surveys the rich variety of geometrical ornamental patterns, designs, and figures, including calligraphy, that are considered to be the defining features of Islamic art. It then investigates the actual artisanal processes of the generation and construction of characteristic Islamic ornamental elements. In addition, the course also articulates a theory of aesthetics of geometry in Islamic culture, gleaning its elements from scientific, philosophical, and religious writings, as well as from the Qur'an. No prerequisites. All readings in English.
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