Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Lecture Series (2019-2020)

Art and architecture are expressions of the material culture of the Middle East and Islamic world. They speak volumes about the policies of caliphs (or other local rulers), economics, and laws in Islamic societies historically and today. Those who study them show how. Check out the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture lecture series for the 2019-2020 academic year!


A Forum for Islamic Art & Architecture


September 26, 2019

“Representing Power at the Court of Ottoman Tunisia in the 19th Century”

Ridha Moumni

Art Historian, Curator; Harvard CMES Fellow. Co-sponsored with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.

October 17, 2019

“Qusayr ‘Amra: The Pandora’s Box of Early Islamic Aesthetics”

Nadia Ali

Faculty Fellow, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University

October 31, 2019

“Towards an Understanding of Early Islamic Architectural Ornament: Ancient Near Eastern Influences at Samarra”

Ann Shafer

Independent scholar; Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY-FIT; Harvard AKPIA Associate

November 21, 2019

“Re-thinking ‘National Style’: Actors, Tendencies and References”

Müjde Dila Gümüş

Researcher, Istanbul University; Harvard AKPIA Associate



March 5, 2020

“Between Khurasan, Iraq, Egypt and al-Andalus: New Thoughts on the Processes of Commissioning Caliphal Works Under the Early Islamic Caliphates”

Jochen Sokoly

Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar



Professor, History of Medieval India, History Department Head, Delhi University

Co-sponsors, Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Inner Asian and Altaic Studies

Lecture 1: March 31, 2020

“The Creation and Representation of Order: Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq’s Tughluqabad”

Lecture 2: April 2, 2020

“Reconstituting the Archive of Hazrat-i Dehli: The Sultans, the Sufis and the Riverine Plain of Delhi”

These two lectures are held at 6:00pm, in the Sackler Basement Auditorium


April 9, 2020

“Habsburg Alba Amicorum in Ottoman Constantinople”

Robyn Radway 

Assistant Professor of History, Central European University


Lectures are open to the public and held Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, in the Arthur M. Sackler Building, Room 422, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. The two Special Guest Lectures will be held in the Sackler Basement Auditorium.

For further information, call 617-495-2355 or email

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