Philosophy of Islamic Art

The Ten-day Course of Philosophy of Islamic Art

1. Introduction
2. Program details
3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading
4. Fee Payment
5. Teaching Outcomes
6. Requirements
7. Certification
8. Required Documents
9. Registration

1. Introduction

  • 26th AUG _ 2nd SEP 2018
  • 4th _ 11th Shahrivar 1396

Islamic art is a mystical and marvelous form of art spread widely geographically, across various nations. Iranian art, as a sub-category of Islamic art, has had an influential role in Islamic history and used to be the dominant form of art in many Islamic territories. Iranian Islamic art developed out of the beliefs, traditions, customs and lifestyles of the inhabitants of these areas. Iranian Islamic art always applies a symbolic language which shows philosophical truths governing the civilization of the ancient land of Iran. So expressing and understanding the all the aspects of such art need both historical analysis and philosophical and spiritual study.
Therefore, along with chance to learn about the history and various styles of Islamic art works (the exoteric approach), the Course of the Philosophy of Islamic Art provides an opportunity to get acquainted with their cultural, religious and anthropological roots (the esoteric approach or Hikmah) in order to understand the noble world of Islamic art.
program involves the following activities: theoretical and practical lessons, presentations of various essays about Islamic Art, visits to museums and the great masterpieces of Islamic architecture, familiarisation with the social and traditional culture of Iran through participation in religious festivals, experiencing Iranian traditional music, and visits to bazaars, mosques, religious centers and other places of relevance and interest.

2. Program details

Date & Locations Topics Topics Extracurricular
26th August
(9 – 11)
Ideas of Islamic Art
(11:30- 13)
National Museum of Iran
(14 – 18)
27th August
Museum of Music Philosophical Bases of Music
(9 – 11)
Erfan-sufism- Literature
(11:30 – 13)
Tajrish Bazaar
Music Performance
28th August
Techniques of Islamic painting
(10:30- 11:45)
Philosophical bases of Islamic Painting
Golestan Palace
Trip to Qom
29th August
Techniques of calligraphy
Philosophical bases of calligraphy
A Visit to the shrine of Fatima Masoumeh Mar’ashi Najafi library (10:00)
Yazdanpanah House
30th August
Trip to Kashan
Kashan Fin Garden Bath
Persian garden
Lunch ( Ameriha Historical House) (13-14:30)
Boroojerdiha Historical House
Trip to Isfahan
31st August
Philosophical Bases of Sacred Architecture
(9: 30)
Visiting Sacred Architecture of Isfahan( Jameh Mosque of Isfahan)
1st September
Symbolism in Islamic art (9:30) Chehel Sotoun Palace, Hasht Behesht Palace, jameh mosque of isfahan

3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading

i. Islamic Studies:

  • Shi’ite Islam by Sayed Muhammad Hossein Tabataba’i
  • Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) by Carl W. Ernst

ii. Islamic art Studies:

  • The Wisdom of Islamic Art by Seyyed Razi Mousavi Gilani | Download PDF
  • Methodology of Islamic Art by Seyyed Razi Mousavi Gilani | Download PDF
  • Islamic Art and Spirituality, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, ISBN: 0887061753, 9780887061752
  • Art of Islam, Language and Meaning, Titus Burckhardt, ISBN: 1933316659, 9781933316659

4. Fee Payment

Fee Date
‎€1100 Early Registration (April 8 –July 1, 2018)
‎€1400 Late Registration (July 1 – August 1, 2018)
  • The eight-day program fee (Except Flight and Visa payments) includes airport transfers, program transport and travel, housing arrangements, meals, lectures and presentations, program pamphlets or handbook, visits to museums, historical sites and art centers.
  • All hotel rooms are booked as double. For a single room, it is needed to pay additional money: 32 euro per night.
  • The application for candidacy for Fellowship is in addition to registration for the program and it is needed to write two letters entitled as:
    • Requesting fellowship (includes the reasons and amount of fellowship)
    • Interests (includes the applicant’s interests and the aims of participating in the course)
    • For more information about scholarship opportunities please see:
  • 100 euro must be paid as a deposit on booking in order to confirm the applicant’s place on the course. The balance must be paid IN CASH in Iran before the start of the course. Deposits shall not be refunded for cancellations.

5. Teaching Outcomes

The course is a great way to experience Iranian culture and civilization and by the end of the course, it is expected the participants to be able to analyze and criticize Islamic art  i.e. not only they pay attention to the aesthetic aspects of Islamic art works but also study them profoundly and philosophically.

6. Requirements

To participate in the eight-day program, applicants are required to agree to:

  1. Make a presentation in all classes and Workshops/discussions organized as part of the program.
  2. Submit a final report to ISOA by September 20, 2018, which describes the experiences and findings on the course. The final reports become the property of ISOA to be posted to its website for use by other applicants.

7. Certification

All students receive a graduation certificate upon completion of their program, which is granted by Islamic School of Art (ISOA) and ECO cultural institute.

8. Required Documents (Electronic copies required)

  1. Resume: A list of your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.
  2. A completed form of ISOA Short term course. Click here to download the form.

9. Registration

Applications must include all required documents and be submitted no later than August 1, 2018 to the Islamic School Of Art ( ISOA), The Course of Philosophy of Islamic Art. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For further information please contact International communication coordinator

Or Sattar Soltanpour (Course Director)

1 thought on “Philosophy of Islamic Art”

  1. Assalamualaikum.

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am interested in participating in this course.
    I have completed a couple of life-long-learning courses at Oxford University in Islamic art and architecture.
    I am not a full-time student, but I am interested in deepening my understanding of Islamic art. Philosophy classes such as the one you offer are not easy to find, and would be invaluable to my self-study programme

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