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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part II | Option

Course Description 2023-24

This paper provides a focused analysis of a particular subject relating to the pre-modern Middle East.

This paper explores the production and reception of elite material culture in Islamic societies from Late Antiquity to the early modern period. In Michaelmas Term, it will explore the material culture of early Islamic cities. It will also look at the formation of Islamic artistic practices and visual cultures in cities, monuments, and artefacts in the Classical Islamic period in the Middle East and North Africa. In Lent Term, the course will move to the early modern period. Primary sources include images and textual sources in translation, as well as visits to view and handle objects in the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Form and Conduct

This paper will consist of nine questions. Question 1 will be a series of images for analysis and discussion, of which candidates must choose three. Questions 2-9 will be essay questions. Candidates will be required to answer Question 1 and two questions chosen from Questions 2-9. All questions will carry equal marks.



Borrowed by MML Tripos students as their Paper 162. This paper will have shared teaching with History of Art (their Paper 25)

This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.

Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent
Michaelmas, Lent