Announcing the Launch of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online Website

Bihter Esener's picture


It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online website, accessible here on October 20th, 2020. Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. It is sponsored by the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC) at the University of Michigan through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Khamseen currently offers a collection of short-form video presentations on a range of topics in the scholarly discipline of Islamic art history. These presentations are intended to support educators, particularly those who face limited access to institutional and archival resources, and to bring new voices, perspectives, methodologies, artworks, and objects into classrooms. Besides catering to undergraduate and graduate students, the materials provided here are also intended to help educate and inspire interested audiences outside of academia. Through this platform, we seek to take the study of Islamic art out to the world, reaching a truly international level of engagement and learning thanks to the possibilities of integrated digital technologies. 

Visit the Khamseen website and follow us on our socials: @khamseenislamicart (Instagram), @TeamKhamseen (Twitter), and @KhamseenIslamicArt (Facebook). 

If you are interested in contributing to Khamseen, please submit your idea here.



Team Khamseen 


Christiane Gruber, Founding Director 

Sandra Williams, Managing Director 

Yasemin Gencer, Content Coordinator 

Michelle Al-Ferzly, Special Projects Coordinator 

Mira Xenia Schwerda, Production Manager 

Bihter Esener, Digital Technologies Coordinator 

Ani Kalousdian, Social Media Manager