Islamic Cultural History: Music, Literature, and Dance
Explore the cultural history of the Islamic world by examining its literature, music, dance, and art. Each week will focus on a different topic, delving deeper into what makes it uniquely Islamic, including its history, its evolution, and the differences between the terms Islamic and Islamicate in the study of the culture of the Islamic world. Learn about various genres, such as ghazal poetry, qawwali music, and kathak dance, through examples from Rumi, Hafez, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and other artists, both historic and contemporary. Gain a clearer understanding of the place of the arts within the Islamic world and its meaning to the people who inhabit it. If scheduling allows, there will be an opportunity to attend a live performance of one of the cultural arts discussed in class.
You'll Walk Away with
- A familiarity with the key characteristics of Islamic cultural works
- A greater understanding of the different genres of Islamic art
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between