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  1. websteram

    12th Century Garden in the Casas de Contratacion in the Alcathar, Seville


    My research paper will focus on the 12th century garden in the Alcathar in Seville. This garden courtyard is a square space intersected by walkways that divide the gardens into four quadrants. This design can also be found in previous Islamic gardens such as at the Alhambra and Madinat al-Zahra. My paper will trace this design through these three gardens starting with the Upper Garden at Madinat al-Zahra, moving to the Alhambra and then to the 12th century garden built by the Almoravids/Almohads. My paper will also explore the use of water in these gardens and in Islamic gardens in general.


    Ruggles, D. Fairchild. “The Gardens of the Alhambra and the Concept of the Garden in Islamic Spain.” In Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic, edited by Jerrilynn D. Dodds, 163-71. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.

    Ruggles, D. Fairchild. “Palaces of the Eleventh and Twelfth Century” and “Illusion and Paradise.” In Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain, 141-147, 209-222. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.

    Ruggles, D. Fairchild. “The Alcazar of Seville and Mudejar Architecture.” Gesta, 43, 2, The University of Chicago Press, 2004.


  2. ransongr

    Fountainheads in Andalusia



    My research paper will focus primarily on the animal-shaped fountainheads attributed to Andalusia during the reign of the Islamic rulers, and their origins and purpose. Were they forged in workshops in the area? Given as gifts from other leaders? Repurposed? I want to investigate best russian websites these ideas, and focus on the role these objects play in traditional Islamic decorative motifs.

    Voy a escribir mi papel de investigación en este clase sobre la tema de los ornamentos de fuente con la forma animal, que son desde Andalucía durante el reinado de los Musulmanes. Qué era sus propósito? Se hicieron en los talleres en Córdoba? en tierras lejanas? Eran regalos de otros gobernantes? Quiero investigar esta tema y enfocar en la función de estos objetos como un parte de los motivos tradicionales Islámicas.

    So far, I’ve found several sources that may be helpful to other people in their research endeavors!

    Estos recursos podrían ser útiles para los estudiantes

    • Montequin, Francois D. Compendium of Hispano-Islamic Art and Architecture, 2nd Edition. Saint-Paul, Minnesota: Hamline University Press, 1983.
    • Suhrawardy, Shahid. The Art of the Mussulmans in Spain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005

  3. furbishta

    Alcazar of Seville’s Patio del Yeso


    My research paper will review the Patio del Yeso located in the Alcazar in Seville. This paper will form an extended visual analysis of the Patio del Yeso and how it can be used as an example of a portion of a palace that represents the shift from Almohad architectural styles to Mudejar in medieval Spain.

    Bury, J. B. 1976. “The Stylistic Term ‘Plateresque’.” The Warburg Institute: Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 39: 199-230.


    Dickie, James. 1968. “The Hispano-Arab Garden: Its Philosophy and Function.” Cambridge University Press: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 31.2: 237-248.


    Ruggles, D. Fairchild. 2004. “The Alcazar of Seville and Mudejar Architecture.” The University of Chicago Press: Gesta, 43.2: 87-98.


    Ruggles, D. Fairchild. 2000. Gardens, landscape, and vision in the palaces of Islamic Spain. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

  4. Lauren Konstant

    Where the Acanthus Grows: A Study of the Vegetal Motif in Islamic Art and Architecture


                I will conduct research on the topic of the vegetal motif throughout Islamic art and architecture.  I will begin with a discussion of its role in Byzantine-inspired works by the Islamic art tradition, and end my research by analyzing this motif’s culmination in the arabesque art style.  As I continue my research, I will draw specific examples from the works that we will be visiting in Spain in order to prove the importance and influence these motifs had over the Islamic world.

    Abas, S. J. and Amer Shaker Salman. Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns. New Jersey: World Scientific, 1995.

    Baer, Eva. Islamic Ornament. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

    Blair, Sheila and Jonathan Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

    Grabar, Oleg. The Formation of Islamic Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973.

    Grabar, Oleg. The Mediation of Ornament. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992.

    Wilson, Eva. Islamic Designs. London: British Museum, 1988.


    Alhambra, Granada.


    Stucco decoration in a room of the Nasrid Palace of the Alhambra, Granada.


    Door within the Palace at the Alhambra, Granada.



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