Lectures at The Khalili Research Centre


Please note that lectures and seminars may be subject to change at short notice. Please consult the KRC website: https://krc.web.ox.ac.uk for up-to-date details.

Teaching this term will be delivered in person in the KRC Lecture Room. If you have any questions regarding online access, please contact daniel.burt@ames.ox.ac.uk  

Please refer to the Canvas website for teaching materials relative to the MPhil and MSt in Islamic Art and Architecture: https://canvas.ox.ac.uk.


History of Islamic Art and Architecture

Teaching staff: Zeynep Yürekli, Umberto Bongianino

Tuesdays 11.00am–1.00pm, Weeks 1–7 (KRC Lecture Room)

Week 1: Timurid art and architecture (ZY)
Week 2: Royal workshops (ZY)
Week 3: Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal palaces (ZY)
Week 4: Ottoman mosques – the ‘classical synthesis’ (ZY)
Week 5: Ottoman illustrated histories and dynastic portraiture (ZY)
Week 6: Sufi shrines in the age of empires (ZY)
Week 7: The forgotten empire: visual culture in Saadian Morocco (UB)


Manuscript Viewing Sessions

Restricted to students on the MPhil and MSt in Islamic Art and Architecture

Numbers are limited – please register with Dr Teresa Fitzherbert.

Restricted to first-year students on the MPhil and MSt in Islamic Art and Architecture, as well as OS students accepted for an option, further subject, or special subject in Islamic Art and Architecture.

Week 2: Friday 5 May, 11-12.45pm, Islamic Works on Paper in the Ashmolean (Francesca Leoni), Ashmolean Museum, Eastern Art Study Room (SR1)

Week 5: Friday 26 May, 11-12.45pm, Turkish, Persian and Central Asian manuscripts after 1450 (ZYG & TF with Jaimee Comstock-Skipp), Weston Library, Horton Seminar Room


DocuMult Seminar

Monday Week 5, 22 May, 5.15pm (KRC Lecture Room)

Muriel’s Mill: a case of intercommunal justice in the court of Count Roger II of Sicily (Palermo, 1123) (Cristina Rognoni, University of Palermo and Jeremy Johns, KRC). Refreshments will be served after the seminar.


KRC Research Seminars

Thursdays Weeks 1–8, 5.15-6.45pm (KRC Lecture Room)

Week 1, 27 April: Chess and Perceptions of Difference in the Shahnama (Krisztina Ilko, Faculty of History, Oxford)

Week 2, 4 May: Remembering the Dismembering: Accounts of Muḥammad Shaybānī Khan’s Dispatched Body Parts (Jaimee Comstock-Skipp, Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Research Centre)

Week 3, 11 May: Khawand Baraka: The Power of Female Agency in Fourteenth-Century Cairo (Noha Abou Khatwa, The American University in Cairo)

Week 4, 18 May: To Compare Roses and Pearls: Love and Madness in Illustrated Poetry, Niẓāmī's Laylī va Majnūn and the Roman de la Rose (Nicoletta Fazio, Bahari Fellow, The Bodleian Libraries)

Week 5, 25 May: Materia Medica on the Move: Illustrated Herbals in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Melis Taner, Özyeğin University)

Week 6, 1 June: Women’s Fashions in Mamluk Cairo (Doris Behrens- Abouseif, SOAS, University of London)

Week 7, 8 June: The Planetary Court of Humayun Padshah, Second Mughal Emperor (Ebba Koch, University of Vienna)

Week 8, 15 June: Ibn Fadlan: Fact, Fantasy or Something in Between? (Luke Treadwell, The Khalili Research Centre)