The Arab British Centre is delighted to present a new course
‘Islamic Art in the Mediterranean’
with Roberta Marin
February – March 2017
Investigating the art and architecture of Islam in the Mediterranean area is a fascinating experience. In this course we will examine the establishment and development of Islam in most of the Mediterranean countries as well as their rich artistic heritage. Famous caliphs and sultans will virtually welcome us to the beautifully furnished rooms of their palaces and religious complexes in Cordoba, Marrakesh, Palermo, Cairo, Damascus and Istanbul. The course will be completed with a detailed examination of the most diverse artworks produced under their patronage.
1 February – 8 March | 6 weeks | 12 hours
Wednesdays 18:00 – 20:00
February: 1, 8, 15, 22 | March: 1, 8
Course Fee: £185
Class 1: The caliphate of Cordoba and Islam in the Iberian Peninsula
Class 2: The Berber dynasties of North Africa
Class 3: The foundation of Cairo and Islam in Sicily
Class 4: Crusaders and Muslim dynasties in Syria
Class 5: Egypt of the Mamluks
Class 6: The Ottomans and Turkey (OR VISIT TO THE ISLAMIC GALLERY OF THE V&A)
We are also offering another new course in May with Roberta Marin ‘History of Carpets from the Islamic World’. You can find all the information here
Below you can read about how Roberta Marin became interested in Islamic Art and Architecture and how her career developed from there.
After my BA, I had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Middle East and I became fascinated by the rich culture of the countries I visited. I enjoyed losing myself in the souks, wandering inside the major mosques and madrasas in Cairo, Istanbul, Marrakesh and absorbing a new vocabulary of patterns and motifs. I was inspired to do an MA in Art and Archaeology with a focus on Islamic Art and Architecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). It was an exciting year! I met excellent lecturers who were a source of inspiration and thanks to a scholarship by Ralph Pinder-Wilson, I had the financial support to do fieldwork for my MA thesis in Cairo. Following my MA, I worked at the Asian Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, collaborated with the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, and I taught at various public institutions, such as the Birkbeck College, the London College of Communication, SOAS, Asia House and the University of York. The interest I developed in Islamic art and architecture during my travels and the year as MA student at SOAS have changed my life and I have to admit that they have been the best things that could have ever happened to me!