Friday, August 28, 2020

New OA resource: Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online

“Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online” is an emerging platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of the history of Islamic art and architecture. In its initial stage, the platform provides original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art. These files are intended to aid educators in the creation of an interactive learning environment and to contribute to new ways of teaching in general, bringing new voices, perspectives, and materials into our classrooms. The project is spearheaded by Prof. Christiane Gruber at the University of Michigan and a team of six collaborators. Team Khamseen aims to make this material available to public audiences by creating a website with additional resources over the coming months.

Currently available mini-multimedia files include the following presentations, which were kindly (and very swiftly) provided by international experts. We hope these will prove useful to those teaching remotely this fall semester:

Blessing, Patricia.
Water and Sound in Islamic Architecture  

Brey, Alexander.
Al-Walid's Baths at Qusayr Amra

Bowker, Sam.
The Egyptian Tentmakers and the Art of Khayamiya

Dimmig, Ashley.
Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum

Fetvacı, Emine.
Ottoman Illustrated Histories

Gencer, Yasemin.
İbrahim Müteferrika and the First Printed Books of the Islamic World

Göloğlu, Sabiha.
Touching Mecca & Medina: The Dalā'il al-Khayrāt and Devotional Practices

Gruber, Christiane and Paroma Chaterjee.
Hagia Sophia, A Conversation
[available online with closed captions here:]

Gruber, Christiane.
A Safavid Painting of the Prophet Muhammad's Mi‘raj
[available online with closed captions here:]

Habibi, Negar.
Persian Painting in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century: Farangi Sâzi Safavid Paintings

Kana‘an, Ruba.
The Bobrinski Bucket

Mostafa, Heba.
Dome of the Rock: Original Mosaics

Neumeier, Emily.
The Paintings of Osman Hamdi Bey

O'Kane, Bernard.
The Khanqah of Baybar al-Jashinkir, 1306-1310

Parikh, Rachel.
Islamic Arms and Armor: A Look at Dhu'l Fiqar, ‘Ali's Miraculous Sword

Pruitt, Jennifer.
The Al-Aqmar Mosque

Sardar, Marika.
A Samanid Epigraphic Dish

Sardar, Marika.
The Gwalior Qur'an

Seggerman, Alex Dika.
Mahmoud Mukhtar’s Khamasin: Scuplture in Modern Egypt

Steinberg, Amanda Hannoosh.
The Stuart Cary Welch Islamic & South Asian Photograph Collection

Taner, Melis.
Contextualizing the Hünername (Book of Talents)

Wolf, Olivia.
Monumental Mosques in Latin America

Khamseen is an ongoing effort and we welcome further contributions on a rolling basis. For any questions, or if you are interested in creating a multimedia file, please contact Sandy Williams (University of Michigan) at


Team Khamseen

Christiane Gruber
Sandy Williams
Yasemin Gencer
Mira Xenia Schwerda
Bihter Esener
Michelle Al-Ferzly
Ani Kalousdian

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