This course will immerse students in the medieval urban fabric of central and eastern Anatolia and involves the close study of the monuments erected in and around the major cities, with a focus on Konya, Sivas, Kayseri and Erzurum.
Students who have taken the I-level version of From Brick into Stone: Architecture in Anatolia during the Long Thirteenth Century are prohibited from taking the H-version of the same module.
Module will run
Semester 1 2023-24
During the period from 1170 to 1300 a wide range of competing identities, including Christian and Muslim as well as Turkic and Persian, resulted in the emergence of a new, hybrid architectural aesthetic. This drew on antecedent developments to the east, in Iran, Central Asia and Anatolia, as well as across the Caucasus, from Aleppo and Damascus to the south and the Byzantines to the west.
The role of iconography and the reasons for increased levels of patronage, as well as the function of buildings and specifics of construction will be examined, alongside an investigation of the consequences of Islamisation and the beginning of Ilkhanid Mongol rule.
The role of female patronage is examined, alongside that of the male elites. In addition, the interaction and exchange with the Christian architecture of the Armenian and Georgian population will give students an understanding of the wider context and allow them to address issues concerning frontier, periphery and centre in the medieval world.
This transnational and interdisciplinary course will give students an awareness of the extent of trade and cultural exchange in western Asia and the eastern Mediterranean between Muslim and Christian populations in the medieval period.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should have acquired:
an understanding of the cultural and historical context of Anatolia in the thirteenth century.
the skills to study and analyse monuments in forensic detail in order to understanding the working methods of the craftsmen responsible for their construction.
comprehension of the shift from the construction of brick monuments towards a greater use of stone, and to understand the major innovations in the architectural use of glazed ceramics.
the ability to determine the disparate sources upon which craftsmen drew in the creation of a new aesthetic.
an understanding of the projection of power and authority through architectural patronage.
knowledge of the wide range of sources drawn upon in the creation of a distinctive regional style in the medieval period.
the skills to critically assess readings and present a clear and coherent argument based on the results of their research.
the ability to identify and critically evaluate new source material through independent research.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Essay: Advanced Assignment
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Essay: Advanced Assignment
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