Summer Abroad Program 2015, July 21- to August 15 2015

Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey

Courses and Instructors


Prerequisite: One course in art history/permission of the instructor.

Student evaluation
Participation (attendance, in-class participation, in-class presentation) 20%
Short paper on a specific monument or theme10%
Weekly Response papers 20%
Final take-home exam 50%

Reading: For Course Readings please click here.

Schedule: For Schedule please click here.

Islamic Art History Instructors
Dr. Ahmet Cayci is the Director of the Islamic Art History Department at Necmettin Erbakan University and Full Professor of Islamic Art History. A specialist in the field of Seljuk and Ottoman architecture, his expertise ranges from symbolism and iconography to 19th century European photographs of the Middle East. The author of over ten books, Professor Cayci has presented papers in many countries including Jordan, Hungary, Greece and the United States. For three years now, he has also been directing the archaeological excavation of Gevale Castle on the western edge of Konya.

Dr. Valerie Behiery is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Art History at Necmettin Erbakan University. Prior to this, she served as the Islamic art consultant at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, researching the collection and overseeing the relocation of the permanent Arts of the Islamic World Gallery. She obtained her Ph.D. from McGill University and completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Montreal. Her research covers both historical and contemporary art from the Muslim world and has been published in several academic journals and reference works in her field.

Islamic Civilization Instructor
Prof. Dr. Bilal Kuşpınar is Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Director of the International Rumi Center for the Study of Civilizations at Necmettin Erbakan University. Specializing in the history of medieval philosophy, his research investigates the various philosophical and mystical traditions that flourished in Islamic civilization. Prior to joining Konya Necmettin Erbakan University, he taught at several universities, including the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur, Concordia and McGill Universities, Montreal, and Ahlia University, Bahrain. Author of three books, he has also participated in many international conferences and seminars in his field.

Applied Islamic Art Instructor
Dr. Ali Fuat Baysal is the Deputy Dean of the Fine Arts Faculty of Necmettin Erbakan University as well as the Chair of its Traditional Turkish Arts Department. Previous to this appointment, he worked as a manuscript specialist in the Konya Regional Manuscripts Library and served as Chair of the Traditional Turkish Arts Department of Selçuk University, Konya. Professor Baysal is an expert on Islamic ornamentation. Since completing his Ph.D., he has published several books and articles in the field. Dr. Ali Fuat Baysal is also an accomplished artist and has taken part in many group exhibitions dedicated to the book arts.

Other Courses Offered :
Please note that summer courses will soon be offered by other members of our international staff including :
Dr. Seraj Ahsan, Ph.D. University of New Delhi
Area of Specialization: Modern Islam

Dr. Kemal Argon, Ph.D. Hartford Seminary
Area of Specialization: World Religion

Dr. Tarik Mesud Quadir, Ph. D. Birmingham
Area of Specialization: Perennial Philosophy, Islamic Environmentalism


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