Submitted by Asa Eger:
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro presents:
Tues., April 4, 5:30-6:30 Zoom,
"Impermanent Monuments, Lasting Legacies: The Dar al-Khilafa of Samarra and Palace Building in Early Abbasid Iraq"
A lecture by Dr. Matt Saba, MIT.
Register here: https://go.uncg.edu/mattsaba
In this talk, Dr. Saba offers a new interpretation of early Abbasid palaces as "impermanent monuments." Synthesizing an array of sources, ranging from archaeological finds and classical Arabic literature to modern studies on the social and intellectual history of Islamic civilization, this talk reveals ways in which the Abbasid court designed, decorated, presented, and documented its palaces to leave lasting legacies of imperial power with what were considered at the time to be impermanent structures. In doing so, it sheds light on an architectural concept endemic to early Islamic Iraq that challenges popular notions of the monument as permanent and unchanging. The main palace of Samarra, known as the Dār al-Khilāfa, serves as the primary case study for this phenomenon.
Dr. Saba is Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture at the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries.
Co-sponsored by HNAC, Lloyd International Honors College, and Religious Studies.