Students will be asked to select an object or monument to research for their first paper and then to write a SmartHistory.org style essay for their final project about this same object or monument.
We will also be collaborating with the Department of Islamic Art of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, whose collection we will visit to see objects first hand (some of which you may be able to research for your assignments in this course). Their galleries are closed until 2015, but Research Associate, Caitlin McKenna, who is responsible for the collection, has agreed to facilitate this.
In this drop down menu, you will find a page for each student with the name of their object. These are broadly organized by object type and period (manuscripts / folios are together, as is Ottoman material). I have also listed all of the objects here.
I have created a sample page on the Dome of the Rock. It is basically copied from my Smart History entry on the Dome of the Rock. It serves as a model and guide for your pages, but also look at Dr. Radha Dalal’s great essay on the Blue Mosque as it as the best hook of all the essays I think.