The Built Universe of Islam with Dr. Golombek on Tuesday October 14th

October 8, 2014 | Richard

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Isfahan, Iran: dome of Lutfallah Mosque, c. 1610

Who has not heard of some of the great architectural monuments built in the Islamic world—the Alhambra, the Dome of the Rock, Shalimar Gardens, and the Taj Mahal? There are many more. What role did these masterpieces play in the life of the pre-modern Islamic world? As we examine representative buildings in detail, we discover that they served different purposes in Muslim society—civil works, commercial facilities, royal domiciles, religious centres, and memorials. We will marvel at the creativity and craftsmanship that dazzle our eyes today: the soaring domes, the brilliant glazed tiles, the play of running water.


October is Islamic History Month

Come Celebrate With A Thought Exchange Talk



Join Dr. Lisa Golomek this Tuesday October 14th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In the Beeton Auditorium

At the Toronto Reference Library for:

"The Built Universe of Islam — An Introduction"

Talk Outline

  1. The City: citadel, walls, gates, street patterns, bazaar
  2. The Mosque:  Cordova, Iran, Turkey
  3. Palaces:  early; Alhambra; garden estates Lahore
  4. Mausoleums and Shrines: Dome of the Rock; Taj Mahal

Lisa Golombek received her B.A. from Barnard College, New York in 1962; M.A. and Ph.D. in 1968 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in History of Art, with specialization in Islamic Art.  She is currently Curator Emeritus at the Royal Ontario Museum and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.



Dr. Lisa Golomek has travelled widely in the Islamic world, specializing in the arts of Iran. Her publications cover a wide range of fields--architecture, gardens, urban history, painting, textiles, ceramics, and calligraphy--with a focus on the Timurid and Safavid periods. Her collaborative study of 16th-17th century Persian pottery, influenced by the global trade in Chinese blue-and-white porcelain, has just been published by Brill and the Royal Ontario Museum.

This Program is Free and All Are Welcome