Submitted by Avinoam Shalem:
You are cordially invited to join a Columbia University webinar organized by the CSMS, the MEI, and the department of Art History and Archaeology. This event is part of the series Re-Approaching Architecture of the Lands of Islam.
Please find the information below, as well as web registration.
Drawing the Isolated Mosque
20 April, 2021 / 1 PM EST
By: Ziad Jamaleddine (Assistant Professor GSAPP, Columbia University, NY)
From the early nineteenth century onwards, the depiction and analysis of mosque architecture by Europeans, central to the Western discovery of the lands of Islam, has been heavily shaped by Orientalist visual constructs. From the exoticized but scenographic environments depicted by Orientalist painters to the later "scientific" and technical drawings produced by archaeologists and historians, the representation of mosque architecture has had deep impact on disciplinary understandings of these buildings. To trace this effect, this paper will analyze the evolution and reproduction of the plans of five historical mosques through their publication in several of the canonical survey texts of Islamic architecture produced by Western scholars in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through this study of the shifts in each building's representation, the paper will argue for a relationship between the purification and isolation of the drawing and the translation of the mosque into an idealized and timeless monument. Articulating this connection highlights the gaps of knowledge reproduced with these canonical texts and their impacts on the discipline of architecture.
Jamaleddine is an Assistant Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (NY), and co-founder of L.E.FT Architects (Beirut). His writings have been published in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016), The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016). Among his built projects is the award-winning Moukhtara Mosque (2017).
This series is organized by Professor Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam (Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University NY). For more information please click: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/arthistory/calendar/disrupting-unity-and-discerning-ruptures.html
Looking forward to having you with us on Tuesday, April 20, at 1 pm EST. Register here for the link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UL8_oJynThCTe1uRxHM2MA