Art in Syria and the Holy Land at the Time of the Crusades (THE2190)

15 credits

This module examines the art-historical and architectural impact of the Crusades on Syria and the Holy Land (modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan). It will concentrate primarily on the earlier Crusades and explore the beliefs and material culture brought from the west by the Crusaders, as well as study the native art and culture of the region. The course will explore to what extent these traditions remained separate from each other and whether the two sides left a lasting impact on each other. It also seeks to contextualise the history of Christian-Muslim conflict within an historical framework.