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Research Paper for Foundations of Islamic Art
The grade will be based on the following:
Due March 1 VIA EMAIL (10% of grade)
For this paper you must first select an object from the collection of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art made between 600-1500. The object must be ON VIEW for you to study. I recommend searching on line first, though wandering through the galleries will also work. Go to the Met’s collection on line here: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection#
Select Department of Islamic Art and check off ‘Art works on Display.’ You can then search by date (in chunks of 500 years).
Your topic will spring from this object. After selecting your object, and studying it, you will begin by doing some reading about the object and formulate a question(s). Your question will be the basis for an argument that you will make in your paper. Ask yourself what is not known about the object but might be knowable. Or ask how this object might relate to another object(s). Take a look at some of the themes of the class (trade, religious identity as expressed in art, secular and/or daily life in the Islamic world, non-muslims in the Islamic world, aniconism and iconoclasm, roots of Islamic art and culture, etc.) and ask if your object might have something to say about one of these themes.
You will then need to write a paragraph or two describing your central questions and how in this preliminary stage you think might answer that question (the topic of your paper). A paper topic is specific, not a general theme e.g. “The Dome of the Rock” is too general. A better topic would be “Typically Umayyad architecture, especially the Dome of the Rock, is seen as derivative, particularly of Byzantine sources. How did the Umayyads take in Byzantine Culture? They were not simply passive recipients, which implies a power structure in which the Umayyads borrowed from the dominant Byzantine culture. Rather, this paper will argue that the Umayyads filtered Byzantine architectural idioms, such as central plans, domes, the use of mosaic and cut marble, to show their own superiority by co-opting aspects of Byzantine architecture with cultural cache while leaving other aspects of their architecture behind.”
Turn in to me:
- The object you have selected, with the label information on the object (name of object, date, medium, dimensions, credit line (about the donation or purchase) and the accession number (the Met’s inventory number for the object)
- A paragraph describing the topic for your paper (as in the above example) that centers on an object and a question or questions that you have formulated for it. Some sentences should also suggest your answers to the question (i.e. what you will argue).
- A bibliography with at least 5 sources at this stage: 1 must be a periodical/journal article and 1 must be a primary source. A primary source is a source contemporary to your subject – in other words, something written between the 7th-15th centuries in or about Islam (translated into English – I do not expect you to read foreign languages). HINT: The Met’s website has references in the object record, so that is a good place to start.
- A receipt showing me that you went to the museum and looked at your object.
Due March 27 (25% of grade)
An annotated bibliography not only provides a list of bibliographic sources, but also summarizes and evaluates each source. In addition an annotated bibliography should reflect the applicability of the source to your research. Below is a same entry (take from Purdue’s Online Writing Lab) with three paragraphs. The first summarizes the book and the second paragraph evaluates it. The third paragraph states how the book will be used for the project (in this case, a class on writing):
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books, 1995.
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic.
In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun. Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing, and struggling with one’s own imperfect humanity in the process. Rather than a practical handbook to producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable because of its honest perspective, its down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach.
Chapters in this text could easily be included in the curriculum for a writing class. Several of the chapters in Part 1 address the writing process and would serve to generate discussion on students’ own drafting and revising processes. Some of the writing exercises would also be appropriate for generating classroom writing exercises. Students should find Lamott’s style both engaging and enjoyable.
Your Annotated Bibliography must contain AT LEAST 10 sources. Note that encyclopedia entries should NOT be included. Encyclopedias are very useful for giving you an overview of a particular key term for a topic and will likely be on the bibliography for your final paper. However, your ten sources should be substantive secondary sources as well as primary sources.
Outline for Paper
Due April 24 (15% of grade)
An outline of your paper should be brought to class. The outline should include your thesis statement (what you will argue), and show me how you will argue it – in other words the evidence that you have collected should be included. For helpful instructions on writing an outline, please see The Purdue Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/544/02/
Due May 8 (25% of grade)
Your final draft will be double-spaced paper with footnotes or endnotes (no in-text citations please) following a consistent format (MLA or Chicago Manual of Style). The paper will be clearly written, free of spelling and grammatical errors. The paper should include illustrations – these can simply be Xeroxes from a book. Finally, your paper must include a bibliography, which should include journal articles as well as primary source material in addition to secondary sources (those written by scholars today). Footnotes/Endnotes.