Description: This thematic seminar examines significant historical moments in the architectural and urban cultural of the Ottoman imperial capital from the moment it was conquered until the demise of the Ottoman Empire. Weekly readings and discussions will cover a range of topics including building patronage, architectural decorum, the Byzantine legacy, artistic relations with Persia, India and Europe, cultural pluralism, neighborhood and public life, law and urban order, modernity and modernization. For each lecture, Graduate Students will be assigned additional readings. They will write an annotated bibliography of all these reading to be turned in at the end of the semester. We will meet at the end of the semester. We will meet for an additional every two or three weeks to discuss interpretive and methodological problems and ideas associated with the readings. Graduate Students will be expected to complete all the requirements of the class in addition to writing a substantial research paper due at the end of the semester.
Cross-list: HART 321, ARCH 331, HART 521. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ARCH 521 if student has credit for ARCH 331.