ARTH 278
The Golden Road to Samarqand Fall 2016
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ARAB 278 / ARTH 278
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The region stretching from present day Iran to India figures prominently in contemporary global culture but it also has a rich and complex history–an amalgamation of Persian, Turkish and Islamic influences. Home to Genghis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane), Akbar the Great and Shah Jahan, it has generated some of the most renowned monuments (e.g. the Taj Mahal and the blue tiled mosques of Isfahan) and refined manuscript painting ever known. We will cover a broad swath of time–from the 10th to the 20th century–concentrating on important centers of artistic production such as Timurid Central Asia and Mughal India. Students will have the opportunity to study original works of art in the college museum collections.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, a short paper, a midterm and a final
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARAB
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARAB 278 Division I ARTH 278 Division I
Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
GBST Middle Eastern Studies Electives

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