Islamic Art and Architecture
Following a request, in 2005, for a large set of images illustrating Islamic art and architecture in Spain, the Institute began a project that will eventually provide a comprehensive database of images illustrating the origins and evolution of Islamic culture intended for educational use. The first step was to systematically document the evolution of Islamic art and architecture during the early years of the westward movement toward Spain as well as the contributions that Al Andalus eventually made to North African culture, particularly in the years following 1492.
The result, from field work conducted in 2006, was a collection of images taken in Tunisia and Morocco concentrating on the most important examples of Islamic religious architecture from sites including Kairouan, Sousse, Sfax, Tunis, Rabat, Fez, Meknes, Casablanca, Marakech, Ouarzazate, Chefchaouen, Tetouan, and Tangier. Examples from these sets may be seen below on this page.
In 2007 further field work, this time in Turkey, has produced a large collection illustrating Ottoman art and architecture, particularly the work of Sinan, the great court architect of the 16th century. Examples of these images may be seen by clicking on the Turkey 2007 button above, at the top of this page.
January, 2008 field work produced a set of images examining Islamic Cairo, New Gourna, and Life Along the Nile. Representative images from this set my be seen at the page labeled Egypt 2008 and may be reached by clicking on the Egypt 2008 button at the top of this page.
An extended expedition through Turkey, Uzbekistan Turkmenistan, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel was completed on November 8, 2008. Please click on the "Islam in Asia 08 Gallery" button above at the top of this page to see examples of these images.
In 2010 examples of Islamic art and architecture in Libya and Algeria have been added to the collection, representative images from these sets may be seen below on this page.
Gallery of Images
I reserve all rights to the following images. They are provided free of charge for educational purposes here in reduced size and quality, and may be freely accessed for viewing within the context of this website for educational purposes. However, these images are protected by copyright law and may not be copied for any purpose by any means without prior permission. These images are available in high resolution digital format for academic use to interested scholars upon inquiry at
I have provided a small group representative images here. A complete set of images from these sites, either from original digital photography or slide duplicates (both formats were used in the original work) or scans of the original slide images together with metadata in spreadsheet format, is also available, for a fee, to accredited institutions for on campus educational use.
Complete catalogues are available upon request.
Because the images presented here are intended only as samples they have been reduced in size and pixel count from the originals. However you may click on any of the thumbnails below to view them at 22% of original size. Use the Back button on your browser to return to thumbnail. Full size high resolution images are available for perpetual license for a one time fee.