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2019 – 2020 Harvard University Aga Khan Program Lecture Series

A Forum for Islamic Art & Architecture




September 26, 2019

“Representing Power at the Court of Ottoman Tunisia in the 19th Century”

Ridha Moumni

Art Historian, Curator; Harvard CMES Fellow

Co-sponsored with The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University


November 21, 2019

“Re-thinking ‘National Style’: Actors, Tendencies and References”

Müjde Dila Gümüş

Researcher, Istanbul University; Harvard AKPIA Associate


December 5, 2019   CANCELED

“Towards an Understanding of Early Islamic Architectural Ornament: Ancient Near Eastern Influences at Samarra”

Ann Shafer

Independent scholar; Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY-FIT; Harvard AKPIA Associate




March 5, 2020

“Between Khurasan, Iraq, Egypt and al-Andalus: New Thoughts on the Processes of Commissioning Caliphal Works Under the Early Islamic Caliphates”

Jochen Sokoly

Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar



Professor, History of Medieval India, History Department Head, Delhi University

Co-sponsors, Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Inner Asian and Altaic Studies

Lecture 1: March 31, 2020

 “The Creation and Representation of Order: Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq’s Tughluqabad”

Lecture 2: April 2, 2020

“Reconstituting the Archive of Hazrat-i Dehli: The Sultans, the Sufis and the Riverine Plain of Delhi”

These two lectures are held at 6:00pm, in the Sackler Basement Auditorium


April 9, 2020   CANCELED

 “Habsburg Alba Amicorum in Ottoman Constantinople”

Robyn Radway 

Assistant Professor of History, Central European University


April 23, 2020

“Qusayr 'Amra: The Pandora's Box of Early Islamic Aesthetics”

Nadia Ali

Faculty Fellow, Silsila: Center for Material Histories, New York University


Lectures are open to the public and held Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm, in the Arthur M. Sackler Building, Room 422, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA. The two Special Guest Lectures will be held in the Sackler Basement Auditorium.

For further information, call 617-495-2355 or email agakhan@fas.harvard.edu.

Previous lectures can be seen here