Pedagogy Project on Archnet

Providing tools to understand a complex world from a global perspective

Teaching Islamic Architecture: An Introduction to Introducing the Subject

© Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

Check out the developing Pedagogy Project sponsored by Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC@MIT) and hosted on Archnet. The purpose of the Pedagogy Project is to make well-crafted and practical resources publicly available for those teaching the subject of Islamic art and architecture.

The collection provides useful aids in a variety of media that can assist instructors in how they might approach and understand this diverse and prodigious subject matter and its extensive historiography in order to teach it more effectively. Sourced predominantly from the vast Archnet website, which contains both image and textual sources in a single location, the collection includes both prepared lectures as well as the ability for individuals to create their own using the ‘thumbnail bar’ feature. The prepared lectures are available for download as PowerPoint files and can be easily tailored to meet an instructor’s specific needs. The ultimate goal of the Pedagogy Project is to facilitate and enhance the teaching of art and architecture produced by predominantly Muslim societies by showcasing the rich possibilities of Archnet.

Scholars of Islamic art and architecture are encouraged to contribute and collaborate in the building of this collection.  If interested, please contact us at