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@orinst.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 I (7th–10th centuries)

Teaching staff: Umberto Bongianino, Alain George & Luke Treadwell 

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.

Tuesdays 3.30–5.30pm, Weeks 1–8 (KRC Lecture Room)

Week 1: Umayyad Religious Architecture (AG) 

Week 2: Umayyad Qur’ans and Calligraphy (AG) 

Week 3: Early Islamic Coinage (LT) 

Week 4: Reassessing the Umayyad ‘Desert Palaces’ (LT) 

Week 5: Baghdad and Samarra (AG) 

Week 6: Early Islamic Egypt and the Tulunids (UB) 

Week 7: The Western Umayyad Caliphate (UB)

Week 8: Calligraphy in the Age of Ibn Muqla and Ibn al-Bawwab (AG) 

Portfolio of Practical Work 

Teaching staff: Umberto Bongianino, Alain George & Zeynep Yürekli 

(Restricted to 2nd-Year MPhil in IAA students) 

Thursdays, Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7, 2 – 4 PM, various venues  

Week 1: Architecture I: Drawing conventions and measuring methods (ZY), KRC lecture room 

Week 3: Architecture II: Site visit (ZY), Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Binsey 

Week 5: Manuscripts I (AG), Weston Library 

Week 7: Manuscripts II (UB), Weston Library 


KRC Research Seminars

Thursdays Weeks 1–7, 5.15-6.45 PM, Seminar Room 2, Wolfson College

Week 1, 13 Oct: Temple, palace, mosque: architects experiment in Vijayanagara. (Annapurna Garimella, Jackfruit Research and Design, Bangalore)

Week 2, 20 Oct: Finding Ibn Faḍlān: knowns, unknowns and unknowables. (Jonathan Shepard, KRC Research Associate)

Week 3, 27 Oct: Moraqqaʿ and Laff wa-nashr: intermedial aesthetics and interspaces of comparison. (Kayvan Tahmasebian, Bahari Visiting Fellow, Bodleian Libraries)

Week 4, 3 Nov: The starling talisman of late fifteenth-century Istanbul: Ottoman historians’ engagement with the city’s antiquities. (Aslı Niyazioğlu, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)

Week 5, 10 Nov: Weaving capital and labour: the making of Egyptian textiles between the ninth and the twelfth centuries. (Lorenzo Bondioli, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge)

Week 6, 17 Nov: Qaṣr al-Ḥayr al-Sharqī and the Umayyad madīna. (Luke Treadwell,  Khalili Research Centre)

Week 7, 24 Nov: Kashan potters: supplies and distribution networks and the “Shi‘ite connection” (late 12th–early 14th centuries). (Yves Porter, Aix-Marseille Université)

Week 8, 1 Dec: All-day DocuMult workshop at Wolfson College. All welcome to attend — Programme TBC