Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Art of the Middle East/North Africa
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2012

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Abbaspour, Mitra, “Defining the Present, Archiving the Past: Three Histories of Middle Eastern Photography” (CUNY, G. Batchen)

Al-Saleh, Yasmine, “Licit Magic: The Touch and Sight of Islamic Talismanic Scrolls” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu)

Auji, Hala, “The Printed Word and the American Syria Mission: Exploring Books and the Nascent Press in the Arab World, 1820–1870” (Binghamton University, N. Um)

Chagnon, Michael, “Pictures from a Shrine City: Illustrated Manuscript Production in Mashhad, 1620–1660” (IFA/NYU, P. Soucek)

Chubb, Emma, “Of Margins and Migrations: Representations of Moroccanness in Contemporary Art” (Northwestern, H. Feldman)

Dagoglu, Özlem-Gülin, “Féministe et cosmopolite: Mihri Rasim (1890–1954), la première peintre turque” (Université de Montréal, T. Porterfield)

Demchenko, Igor, “Heritage of the Red Orient: Theories and Practices of Architectural Conservation in Soviet Central Asia” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Lauren, Samantha, “Swahili Architecture: Mediating Aesthetics in Medieval East Africa” (UC Santa Barbara, N. Khoury)

Lenssen, Anneka, “The Shape of the Support: Painting in Syria’s Twentieth Century” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Neumeier, Emily, “Theaters of Fortune and Triumph: Ottoman Architecture in the Provinces, 1780–1825” (Pennsylvania, R. Holod)

Oguz, Zeynep, “Multi-Functional T-shaped Zaviyes in the Early Ottoman Context” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu)

Rogers, Amanda, “The Art of Religious Authority: Women’s Henna Adornment and North African Islam(s)” (Emory, S. Kasfir)

Rüstem, Ünver, “Architecture for a New Age: Imperial Ottoman Mosques in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul” (Harvard, G. Necipoğlu)

Seggerman, Alexandra Dika, “Revolution and Renaissance in Modern Egyptian Art, 1880–1960” (Yale, K. Rizvi, D. Joselit)

Sezer, Yavuz, “The Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Library Movement: Architecture, Reading, and the Politics of Knowledge” (MIT, N. Rabbat)

Smith, Sarah-Neel, “Art, Democracy, and the Culture of Dissent in 1950s Turkey” (UCLA, S. Mathur)
Taner, Melis, “‘Your True Vocation is Art’: Transformations in Ottoman Miniature Painting in the late Sixteenth to mid-Seventeenth centuries” (Harvard, G.Necipoglu, D. Roxburgh)

Teece, Denise, “Vessels of Verse, Ships of Song: Persian ‘Safina’ Manuscripts and Their Significance” (IFA/NYU, P. Soucek)

Van Loan, Theodore, “Seeing the Umayyads Seeing: Charting Early Islamic Attitudes toward Visual Perception” (Pennsylvania, R. Holod)

Viswanathan, Rashmi, “The Brahmin and the Fakir: Picturing ‘Type’ in Early Colonial India” (IFA/NYU, B. Flood)

Ziyal, Omer, “The Making of an Ottoman Capital: Edirne’s Urban Landscape, 1361–1488” (Harvard, G. Necipoglu)