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Jere Bacharach Lecture: "The Architecture of Power in the Islamic World: Seventh to Twentieth Centuries, Spain to India"
If the majority of US state capitols such as the one in Lansing look like the US Capitol in Washington, DC, are there equivalent buildings or locations in the Islamic world? This rapid overview from the earliest Muslim conquests of the Middle East in the seventh century to the end of the age of imperialism in the twentieth century will demonstrate that there are common features for the loci of political power across contemporary Muslim ruled lands as distant as Spain and India. This extensively illustrated talk will further argue that there are four distinct architectural periods over these 14 centuries.
Jere L. Bacharach, professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history, University of Washington, Seattle has travelled in most of the lands he will discuss as well as having written on Islamic art history, medieval Muslim history and Islamic numismatics. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.