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CREATIVITY AND IMAGE MAKING IN ISLAMIC BOOK ARTS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectArt History
Number & Suffix: 116
Full UC Title: CREATIVITY AND IMAGE MAKING IN ISLAMIC BOOK ARTS 
Transcript Title: ISLAMIC BOOK ARTS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course explores concepts of creativity and image making in Islamic book arts, especially Persian arts of the book from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Following the Mongol conquests in the thirteenth century, Arabic and Persian texts were increasingly combined with fantastic and imaginative visual materials and figurative imagery. Existing models of book painting in the Arabic tradition include an increasingly elaborate book arts tradition as paintings grow larger, compete with fine calligraphy text and ultimately dominate the page on which they are painted. This course introduces students to the ways in which questions of creativity can help to establish the grounds for local theories of art and visual culture, though they are not well studied in the history of Islamic art. Such questions value the artist and their efforts in a scholarly field that is more likely to characterize artistic production via political histories and patterns of patronage. While this course does not seek a revisionist approach to the political or dynastic interpretations available, it does seek alternative approaches to understanding Islamic book arts, especially those works that do not easily fit the current historical models, including illustrated collections of love lyrics and other non-narrative poems and the many disparate paintings included in albums. Ultimately, the course facilitates a better understanding of Islamic pictorial arts via their relationship to the literary arts. 
Language of Instruction: German
 
Partner Title: CREATIVITY AND IMAGE MAKING IN ISLAMIC BOOK ARTS 
Partner University Department: Kunstgeschichte 
Partner University Course Number: 13475