Fall 2017

The Arts of Exchange: Cross-Cultural Interaction in the Islamic World, 1400-1800

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-281  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-281  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-281


Yael R. Rice (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 281, ARCH 281, and ASLC 281)  This course examines artistic exchanges and encounters in the Islamic world during the early modern period. We will focus on the movement of artists, objects, and systems of knowledge between and beyond the Mamluk, Ottoman, Timurid, Safavid, and Mughal courts, placing special emphasis upon encounters with the arts of Europe and East Asia. Among the topics to be considered are the design, circulation, and trade of textiles; the arts of diplomacy and gift exchange; the nature of curiosity and wonder; and artists’ responses to the “other.” This course aims to challenge conventional, essentialist binaries (e.g., East vs. West, Islamic vs. European), and to re-assess the standard art historical narratives from a more culturally, geographically, and economically interconnected perspective.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester.  Professor Rice.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to ASLC and ARHA majors, then to others to achieve a range of students across disciplines.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015, Fall 2017