Art History Courses with Roberta Marin

5 May '21 at 6:00 pm - 9 June '21 at 8:00 pm

Our History of Islamic and Arab Art courses are run by Roberta Marin, exploring the region’s art and artists through a wide variety of themed programmes.

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dates: 5 May '21 | 12 May '21 | 19 May '21 | 26 May '21 | 2 June '21 | 9 June '21

In this introductory course on the art of the Arab World we will explore the schools, the movements and the artistic practices that have characterised the period between the 19th century and the present. The greatest emphasis will be put on the most acclaimed artistic personalities, whose life and artistic production will be analysed against the historical and political background of their native countries. The link with traditional Islamic art and the role played by calligraphy and European art in their practices will be also considered.

Main topics that will be addressed during the course  

Class 1 Morocco and Algeria The Casablanca School, Hassan Hajjaj (b.1961), Lalla Essaydi (b.1956) –  The axe Algier-Paris – Baya (1931-1998) – M’hamed Issiakhem (1928-1985) – Rachid Koraichi (b.1947)

Class 2 Tunisia and Libya The art Salons, The Tunis School, famous French artists in North Africa, graffiti artists – Arwa Abouon (b.1982) – Ali Omar Ermes (b.1945) – Hasan Dhaimish, ‘The Cleaver’ (1955-2017)

Class 3 Egypt and Sudan The Pioneers – women artists – Contemporary Egyptian artists – Old and New Khartoum Schools – School of the One – Osman Waqialla (1925-2007) – Ibrahim al-Salahi (b.1930)

Class 4 Jordan and Palestine Mahmoud Taha (b.1942) – Rafik Lahham (b.1932) – Muhanna Durra (b.1938) – Artists from the diaspora – Ismail Shammout (1930-2006) – Kamal Boullata (b.1942) –Suleyman Mansour (b.1947)

 Class 5 Lebanon and Syria Beirut as a centre of modern and contemporary art in the Arab World – Saliba Douaihy (1915-1994) – Chafic Abboud (1926- 2004) – Ayman Baalbaki (b.1975) – First and second generations of Pioneers – Fateh Mudarres (1922-1999) – Marwan (1934-2016)

Class 6 Iraq and the Gulf Baghdad Modern Art Group – Mahmoud Sabri (1927-2012) – Hassan Massoudy (b.1944) – Manal al Dowayan (b.1973) – Jassem Zeini (1943-2012) – Boushra Almutakawe (b.1969) –  Sami Mohammed al Saleh (b.1943)

Roberta Marin on how she became interested in art from the Arab world 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!

How will the course be taught? Via Zoom. You will be sent the login details prior to the start of the course.

How many students will be in each class? There will be a maximum of 25 students in each class.

What methods of payment do you accept? Please use our online booking system (Go to ‘COURSES’ on the main menu of our website, select the course you are interested in and click ‘BOOK NOW’) to secure a seat on a course. You will need a debit or credit card to make a payment. Seats are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

What methods of payment do you accept? Please book for courses on our website above or call the Arab British Centre to pay by card over the phone.

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and are often over-subscribed, so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • Full refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund (minus Stripe booking fees) if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • No refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

For every booking made on our website we have to pay Stripe a small fee. If you request a refund, this fee will be deducted from your refunded amount.

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or


The Arab British Centre


The Arab British Centre