ART-224: Art of Islam

Liberal 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
ENG-081 eligible
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.
  2. Rise and expansion of Islam: early Islamic art.
  3. Medieval Islam: stability and conflict, development in style.
  4. Islamic Renaissance and decline.
  5. Modern Islamic art and society.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify major architectural monuments and works of Islamic art in painting and calligraphy.
  • Discuss the foundation of Islamic art and culture and the formation of the distinct characteristics of Islamic art and architecture.
  • Explain the chronology of different periods in Islamic art in relation to parallel cultures.
  • Discuss the relationship between Muslim rituals and certain forms of art and architectural design in the traditional Islamic culture.
  • Define major vocabulary terms in the field of Islamic art.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

A. Instructional presentations will consist of:

A variety of multi-media:

  • slides
  • Videos/films
  • DVDs
  • CD-ROMs
  • Internet
  • Displayed notations
  1. Lectures accompanying the visual multi-media presentations
  2. Required readings
  3. Museum trips that supplement course lectures.

Student evaluations will consist of:


  • Several quizzes are given throughout the course
  • Major exams are given within the class at measurable intervals
  • A written final examination is based on visual imagery studied throughout the course


  • Assessing a written Research Paper with major points evaluated
  • Assessing key concepts of Research Paper within an oral presentation in a group setting

Text as approved by the department

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Department approval

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date