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Slade Lectures 2013: Professor Gulru Necipoglu - Architecture of Empire: The Ottomans, Safavids and Mughals in a Comparative Perspective

Architecture and the Construction of Early Modern Islamic Empires
When Feb 18, 2013
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Mill Lane Lecture Room 3
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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.