Fellows' Presentation

The Story of Islamic Architecture

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2011–2012 Fellows Presentation Series.

During his fellowship, Nasser Rabbat will write a book on the story of Islamic architecture from its genesis to the present. The book will present Islamic architecture as a living tradition that has been unfolding for the past 15 centuries—with various twists, surges, and falls—and is still doing so. The main argument is that Islamic architecture, guided by a purposeful intellectual and aesthetic dialogue, evolved in a truly intercultural fashion.