Ch 9: Art in the Islamic World

About This Chapter

Explore this chapter any time to study the art and architecture of the Islamic world. The chapter's short lessons and self-assessment quizzes offer you a quick way to study Islamic concepts for art history exams, projects, essays or homework assignments.

Art in the Islamic World - Chapter Summary

In this art history chapter, our expert instructors walk you through the history, characteristics and influences of Islamic art and architecture. These bite-sized lessons examine Islamic mosques, calligraphy, geometric patterns, carpet weaving and much more. You'll be able to reinforce your understanding of these topics by taking the included lesson quizzes and chapter exam. If you have any questions about these particular Islamic art concepts, simply reach out to our instructors. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the characteristics of Islamic architecture and art
  • Assess the religious influences on Islamic geometric patterns
  • Recognize the features of Islamic mosques
  • Compare Islamic calligraphy styles
  • Discuss the history of Islamic carpet weaving
  • Explain how Islamic art influenced European art

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Art in the Islamic World
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Islamic Art & Architecture: History & Characteristics

1. Islamic Art & Architecture: History & Characteristics

How would you decorate surfaces without pictures of people or animals? What do calligraphy and geometry have in common? They're used in Islamic art. In this lesson, explore some history and characteristics of Islamic art and architecture.

Islamic Geometric Patterns: Religious Influences & Examples

2. Islamic Geometric Patterns: Religious Influences & Examples

In this lesson, explore Islamic geometric patterns in various art forms, including architecture and carpets. Learn about the religious influences behind the development of these elaborate designs, the main elements that compose the patterns, and some examples of their use in art.

Importance of Mosques in the Islamic World: Features & Examples

3. Importance of Mosques in the Islamic World: Features & Examples

In this lesson, learn about a type of building that's considered the heart of the Islamic world: the mosque. Explore some of their common characteristics as well as their importance for Islam. Also, discover some beautiful and sacred examples of mosques throughout the Islamic world.

Calligraphy in Islamic Art: Definition, Styles & Uses

4. Calligraphy in Islamic Art: Definition, Styles & Uses

Have you ever written a letter with decorative flourishes? Can writing be art? In this lesson, explore a type of Islamic art called calligraphy. Find out how it is used and learn about different styles.

Carpet Weaving in Islamic Art: History, Creation & Uses

5. Carpet Weaving in Islamic Art: History, Creation & Uses

In this lesson, discover the art of carpet weaving in the Islamic world. Learn the history of these artistic and functional pieces, and explore the creation process of the main types of Islamic rugs as well as some practical uses for them.

Influences of Islamic Art on European Art: Trade & Diplomacy

6. Influences of Islamic Art on European Art: Trade & Diplomacy

In this lesson, learn about the influences of the Islamic world on European art. Explore the importance that was given to Islamic art in medieval Europe and discover how trade and diplomacy allowed Christian art to be influenced by Islamic art.

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