REL 422
Art, Architecture, and Poetry: Islamic Devotional Culture in South Asia Spring 2019
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 422 / ARTH 422 / REL 422
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How have scholars interpreted and classified terms such as “Islamic art” and “Muslim culture,” and how have these classifications affected the interpretation of the arts in South Asia? There are different points of view regarding what constitutes as “Islamic” art and culture. Is an imperial wine cup with “God is Great” inscribed on it an “Islamic” object? How is an erotic epic narrating the romance of a Hindu prince understood as embodying the principles of Muslim devotion? This interdisciplinary seminar, focusing on South Asian Muslim devotional culture as articulated through the material culture, the arts of the book, architecture, and poetry, will navigate these questions from two perspectives. The first is to understand how Muslim devotional cultural expression in South Asia circumscribes and interprets itself. The second viewpoint is that of scholarship and the various interpretive voices that have framed the field over the last century.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 12
Class#: 3984
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 2-page response papers on class readings, leading class discussion, final 15-20-page research paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference will be given to Art Majors, and then to students of any major interested in art and culture of Islam
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 422 Division I ARTH 422 Division I REL 422 Division II

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