from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Three great empires partitioned the Eastern Islamic lands from the Balkans to Bengal during the early modern era. In this context, the Mediterranean-based Ottomans, the Safavids in Iran, and the Mughals in India, developed their own visual cultures with distinctive architectural and ornamental idioms, originating from a shared Turco-Mongol Timurid cultural heritage. The lecture series analyzes the capital cities, socio-religious monuments, and garden palaces of each empire during the 16th and 17th centuries from a comparative perspective. The intimate connection between empire building and architecture is explored with respect to aesthetics, historical contexts, religious orientations, imperial ideologies, and theories of dynastic legitimacy.