Domestic Architecture in Islam and the Poetics of SpaceCarel Bertram
University of Texas at Austin
Remarks on teaching this class
Dr. Carel Bertram (email@example.com)
This course investigates the domestic sphere in an Islamic context.
Students will become familiar with the history, structure, and social
use of residential forms in areas that are now a part of Arabia, North
Africa and Egypt, Greater Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the Ottoman
Balkans. They also will be introduced to the ways these spaces
With the exception of novels or complete books, the assigned Readings are provided in your purchasable "class reader."
Wed. Jan. 19 Intro. to Domestic Architecture and Domestic Space
Friday Jan. 21
The Floor Plan, the Felt Plan
ASSIGNMENT: Your remembered House
In class you were asked to picture yourself in your childhood house and to write where that memory took place.
1. Please describe what you remember: fill in the pictured memory with what was going on, or the associations you have with this picture. This portion of the assignment is to be e-mailed to me by Thursday night, Jan 20th.
2. Picture the picture. Draw [Although publishable artwork ---in the vein of Matisse or Rembrandt--- is welcome, this is not an art project; a diagram of any nature will do.]
3. Draw a floor plan of your house, as you remember it, noting how each room was used.
4. Make a drawing of the facade.
5. Give these drawings emotional or narrative content.
WEEK 2 WAYS of
Jan. 24 The House in the Islamic Miniature Tradition
Jan. 31 Baghdad and the sociology of space
BOTH ON RESERVE IN
MES or purchase Sabriya from
WEEK 4 GREATER SYRIA; LEBANON, PALESTINE AND JORDAN
Feb. 7 Lebanon and Jordan
WEEK 5 Iran and the Gulf
WEEK 6 The North African Courtyard House Morocco
Feb. 21 North Africa and Spain,
WEEK 7 The North African Courtyard House Algeria and Tunisia
Feb. 28 The Orientalist Gaze, the idea of public and
Mar 6 BOOK CLUB The Architecture of Memory
March 20 The Wooden Turkish House, the Yali and
the Konak NEW PLAN: Ottoman House
WEEK 11 ARABIA and SAUDI ARABIA.
Mar 27 Saudia Arabian
Climates and Dwellings
WEEK 12 YEMEN
April 3 Sana and Shibam [video Islamic cities... it was
WEEK 14 TENTS
Mon. April 17 Beduins and Tents
Wed. April 19 Nomads on the savanna. / University
Park, PA /
Friday April 21 Discussion: The Poetics of Space
WEEK 15 Leaving Home, rebuilding Home
Mon. April 24 Identity [Boujad] [[[new House as an Image of self, loss and Leave Samia A. Halaby ]]
Wed. April 26
Wedding song: Henna art among Pakistani women in New York City.
Friday April 28 BOOK CLUB To be Assigned: either Sunlight
on A Broken
Column or Meatless Days
firstname.lastname@example.org Samia A. Halaby was born in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1936. In 1948, Israeli aggression forced their emigration to Beirut and from there her family emigrated to the US
(Khan 1998) The Home and the World: the Architecture of Autobiography, pp 87-90 discusses Meatless Days and Sunlight on A Broken Column and for SUGGESTED VIEWING see next page Voices of the morning / 1993,c1992 VIDCASS 3983 Fine Arts Library ASK AT CIRCULATION DESK 1 videocassette (13 min., 46 min.) : A meditation on women's roles as defined by orthodox Islamic laws. Layered images and text are utilized to examine familial and societal restrictions placed on South Asian women. OCLC NUMBER: 30302783
May 1 FINAL
PROJECTS SPACES of MEANING
READING IS FROM THE FOLLOWING SOURCES
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Syllabus prepared 2000 for H-Urban Teaching
Syllabus copyright 1999 Carel Bertram. All rights reserved.