ART-224: Art of Islam

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Art of Islam
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

Offers a comprehensive study of the history and development of Islamic art and architecture from its birth in the 7th century CE to the present time. Explains basic characteristics of Islamic art as experienced through major architectural monuments, painting, sculpture, ceramic, calligraphy, and other forms of visual art. Discusses the relationship between the theology of Islam as a faith and its arts. A field trip to a major museum is required.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The goal of this course to acquaint students with the foundation to fundamental understanding of Islamic art and culture. Students will also learn chronological periods of Islamic art.

Core Course Topics
  1. Art and culture of pre-Islamic times in the Arabian Peninsula.

    Demonstrate and aesthetic awareness of the art and culture of pre-Islamic times in the Arabian Peninsula

  2. Rise and expansion of Islam: early Islamic art.

    Examine and define the rise and expansion of Islam along with the accompanying visual aesthetics

  3. Medieval Islam: stability and conflict, development in style.

    Examine and define Medieval Islam, and discuss both the stability and conflicts that developed, along with the accompanying visual aesthetics

  4. Islamic Renaissance and decline.

    Examine and define the Islamic Renaissance, along with it's decline, and explain the accompanying visual aesthetics

  5. Modern Islamic art and society.

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of modern Islamic art, and explain how it fits into contemporary Islamic society

  6. Identification of Islam art

    Identify major architectural monuments and works of Islamic art in painting and calligraphy.

  7. Islamic art in relationship to Islamic culture

    Discuss the foundation of Islamic art and culture and the formation of the distinct characteristics of Islamic art and architecture.

  8. Muslim rituals in relationship to art and architecture

    Discuss the relationship between Muslim rituals and certain forms of art and architectural design in the traditional Islamic culture

  9. Vocabulary

    Define major vocabulary terms in the field of Islamic art

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
*Class participation *Class discussions of material covered *Class discussions of readings *Museum trip(s) *Research paper *Quizzes and Exams as determined by the instructor and described in the course syllabus

Text as approved by the department


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022