AH20190 Islamic and Indian Art

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module will introduce students to the art, including the architecture and decorative arts as well as painting and sculpture, made by or for those residing in parts of the world where Islam was or is the religion of those who governed as well as in what is now India even when it was not. As well as considering works created in support of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, the module will address secular art and architecture of the principal historic courts of the region, including the Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals, the impact of colonialism, and the arrival of modernism. Particular attention will be paid to works on display at the Chester Beatty Library.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students should be able to identify the culture and period that produced major works of Islamic and Indian art, including architecture and decorative arts as well as painting and sculpture. They should also be familiar with the basic religions and historical events to which these works responded.

Indicative Module Content:

Early Buddhist Art in South Asia

Art produced by and/or for majority Muslim communities in Africa and Asia

Art produced in South Asia, including for Hindus

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This will be largely a lecture course, although students are expected to contribute to class discussions. Their essays will be graded upon their ability to research a topic and to think critically about it in well written prose. Exams will be graded on the ability to think critically as well as report knowledgeably about the topic. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Art History majors should not take any Stage 2 or 3 Art History modules until they have completed their Stage 1 Art History requirements.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.  
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essays must be 2000-2500 words in length. Week 7 n/a Graded Yes


Examination: Final exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Essays will be returned within two weeks of the due date with substantial comments unless the student has received an A grade. The lecturer will also make general comments in class about the essay before and after it is due and about the exam in advance of it being taken.

Name Role
Ms Carla Briggs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 13:00 - 13:50