Bertram, Carel. "Domestic Architecture in Islam and the Poetics of Space." Syllabus, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, [date not provided.]
This document is a syllabus reflecting course content developed for "Domestic Architecture in Islam and the Poetics of Space.," by Dr. Carel Bertram at the University of Texas, Austin.
Course Description: This course investigates the domestic sphere in an Islamic context. Students will become familiar with the history, structure, and social use of residential forms in areas that are now a part of Arabia, North Africa and Egypt, Greater Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey and the Ottoman Balkans. They also will be introduced to the ways these spaces have been imaged and imagined in art, literature, films, and scholarly texts. By viewing residences both as built forms and as they are textually and artistically depicted, students will learn how the boundaries, the meaning-loads, and the stability of what is public and what is private reveal important cultural information. The domestic spaces that will be addressed include the Bedouin Tent, the North African multi-house compound, the Arab courtyard house, the Yemeni tower house, the Irani Wind-tower house, the Ottoman Konak, and the grand palaces of Sultans and Shahs
Introduction Introduction to Domestic Architecture and Domestic Space The Floor Plan, the Felt Plan
Weber 1991 "The Myth of Meaningful Forms"
Heschong 1979. "Delight"
Marcus 1995 p 37-43 includes assignment
Giuliani, Bonner et al. 1988 Home and the theory of place
Szondi 1986 On Textual Understanding
Seamon and Mugerauer 1985 Dwelling, place and environment, towards a phenomenology of person and world
Tergeman 1994 Chapter 1 in week 3, below can be compared to (Marcus 1995) p 37-43, above
Depicting, Describing and Enframing The House in the Islamic Miniature Tradition The Orientalist House of Cairo Cairo Reading:
Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977 "Courtyards Which Live," p 560-564
Said 1978 pp 81-87 and 157-164
Lane 1966 (1842) Table of contents and pp 1-25 of the Introduction
Fathy 1972 The Qa'a of the Cairene Arab House
Canter, Krampen et al. 1988 "Action and Place"
Ettinghausen 1962 Byzantine Art in Islamic Garb pp 67-124
Lane 1966 (1842) Chapters V, VI and VII on Domestic Life
Lane-Poole 1973 (1898)
Olufsen 1903 another early ethnographer of the domestic sphere
Noor 1984 Function and Form of the Courtyard House.
Abdulac 1982 on courtyards and parts of the house.
Mahfouz 1956 A Novel in a Grand House in Cairo
Rifaat 1983 Distant View of a Minaret
Raymond 1979 on the Cairene apartment
"The Arab House" Baghdad and the sociology of space Damascus and Aleppo and the Iwan Courtyard "Sabriya or Daughter of Damascus" Reading:
Fethi and Roaf 1984 The traditional house in Baghdad pp 41-52
Al-Azzawi 1984 The Courtyards of Oriental Houses in Baghdad pp 53-59
Tergeman 1994 p 200-201 Street sellers calls from Damascus,
Idilbi 1997 (1980) Sabriya, Damascus Bitter Sweet or
Tergeman 1994 Daughter of Damascus (Ya Mal al-Sham) [Out of Print]
Tabaa 1986 The "Salsabil" and 'Shadirwan' in Medieval Islamic Courtyards¨
Greater Syria; Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan and the "Lesser Traditions" of Village Houses Lebanon and Jordan Palestine Villages and the Vernacular issue Reading:
Ragette 1974 The Lebanese House, pp 13-14, 67-70, 181-183
Amiry and Tamari 1989 the house: p 17-32 ]
Khammash 1995 Sumia 49-53 and map p 1
Iran and the Gulf Iran, Wind Towers Poetics The Blindfold Horse Reading:
Guppy 1988 The Blindfold Horse
Bachelard 1994 (1958) Chapter 2 "House and Universe" pp 38-72
Roaf 1982 Wind-Catchers pp 57-73
Bachelard 1994 (1958)
Carswell 1968 pp 65-68 Tabriz and Shiraz
The North African Courtyard House Morocco North Africa and Spain, Some women of Marrakech Dreams of Trespass Reading:
Mernissi 1994 Dreams of Trespass: tales of a harem girlhood
Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977) "Household Mix" p 188-191
Pandolfo 1997 Impasse of the Angels
Geertz 1979 The View from Within [another way of finding meaning]
Munson 1984 The House of Si Abd Allah : The Oral History of a Moroccan Family
The North African Courtyard House Algeria and Tunisia The Orientalist Gaze, the Idea of Public and Private The Silences Of The Palace Part I The Silences Of The Palace Part II Reading: Celik 1997 "The Indigenous House" Bahloul 1996  The Architecture of Memory, A Jewish Muslim Household in colonial Algeria
The Architecture of Memory Palaces and Harems. and female space The Royal Tent and male spaces Reading: Peirce 1992 Beyond Harem Walls 87-149 Mansel Traveling Palaces, pp 30-35
The Turkish House The Wooden Turkish House, the Yali and the Konak NEW PLAN: Ottoman House Bosnia Amasya Reading: Kucukerman 1978 Room Entrances and Doors pp 129-138 Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977 "Window Place," p833-837 and "Low Sill", 1050-1052 Cerasi 1998 The Formation of Ottoman House Types, pp116-156 Edib 1926 Memoirs Edib 1935 The Clown and His Daughter
Additional Reading: Grabrijan 1951 Kuban 1995 Garnett 1905 Bringa Arabia and Saudi Arabia Saudia Arabian Climates and Dwellings The Door Sheltered Quarter Reading:
Talib Shelter in Saudi Arabia "Hot Dry Region' and "Hot Humid Zone" 50-86
Bogary 1991 Sheltered Quarter
Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977 Main Entrance pp 540-544
Lang 1985 The Dwelling Door: Towards a Phenomenology of Transition
Waly 1992 Private Skies: The courtyard Pattern in the Architecture of Bahrain
Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977 The Family 376-380
Yemen Sana and Shibam Yemeni Houses Jewish Houses in Yemen Reading:
Lewcock 1989 The Walled City of Shibam pp 71-100
Alexander, Ishikawa et al. 1977 South Facing Doors 513-515
"Muslim" Domestic Space The House in The Qur'an and Hadith, and the Prophet's House The House as Holy, the House as Identity...[Hajj's houses] The House as experience and dreams, Weddings, Ceremonies, Circumcision , Mevlut Reading:
Campo 1991 Ch 1 Images of Domestic Space in the Quran pp 7-27 and Ch 6 Domestic Space in the Pilgrimage Murals of Egypt pp 139-165 Tapper 1983 and Tapper 1990) Gender and Religion in a Turkish Town, pp 71-88 (Seyfeddin 1996(1923)) "Butt" a short story about the Turkish Mevlut
Parker and Neal 1995
Tents Beduins and Tents Nomads on the Savanna. / University Park, PA / 1994(1991) The Poetics of Space Reading:
Talib "The Bedouin"
Al-Shahi 1984 "Welcome, My House is Your House" pp 26-32
Bachelard 1994 (1958) Chapter 2 "House and Universe" pp 38-72
Leaving Home, Rebuilding Home
Identity [Boujad] [[[new House as an Image of self, loss and Leave Samia A. Halaby ]]
Wedding song: Henna art among Pakistani women in New York City.
VIDEO In English or in Urdu with English subtitles.: Shenaz Hooda illustrates the traditional art of mehendi, the henna decoration of women's hands and feet for weddings and other festive occasions. The film includes the ceremonies as well as the Urdu songs (with English sub-titles) that are part of a traditional Ismailite wedding.
Either Sunlight on A Broken Column or Meatless Days
Hosain 1988 (1961) Sunlight on A Broken Column
Suleri 198 Meatless Days
Khan 1998 The Home and the World: the Architecture of Autobiography, pp 87-90 discusses Meatless Days and Sunlight on A Broken Column
"Muslim Style" The Islamic House Suggested Reading:
Yerasimos 1992 Turkish Style
Knecht 1993 "Representations of Turkey
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Carswell, J. (1968). New Julfa: the Armenian churches and other buildings. Oxford.
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