My Art Course in Cairo: Masterpieces of Islamic ‎Art (29 July)‎

Course Title:

Masterpieces of Islamic Art ‎

Date, Time and Venue:

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 – 8:00 pm (2.5 hours)‎

‎33 A, al-Meqias Street, Roda, Manial. 4th floor, apt. 9.‎




There came a time when Islam ruled territories that extended from western China, India, ‎Central Asia and Iran, and all the way to present-say Spain and Portugal. Characterized ‎by an exceptional ability to absorb and assimilate different cultures and art styles, ‎Islamic Art eventually became an umbrella term used to label a profusion of styles that ‎ranged from the Mughal Art to Andalusi Art: Umayyad mosaics, Fatimid lusterware, ‎Mamluk inlaid metalwork, Merinid and Nasrid zellige, Persian miniatures, Ottoman ‎tiles…to the end of the long, impressive list. ‎

This course starts with Pre-Islamic Art in the Arabian Peninsula and around, as well as ‎other art styles that helped shape the Early Islamic Art (Byzantine, Persian, Coptic, etc.). ‎It then proceeds to explore the development of a fully-fledged body of art, with a focus ‎on some of its most celebrated masterpieces. Architecture is not covered by this course.‎


EGP 300 / Person. The fees include handouts/readings that will be distributed online to the participants. ‎They do not include hard or soft copies of the PowerPoint Presentation.

Audio and video recording are not allowed.‎

Deadline for reservation/cancellation:

‎30 June 2015 (If the course is fully booked prior to that date, I will announce it).

Please reserve only if you are 100% sure you would attend. Prepayment will be required, ‎venue and date of payment points to be announced.‎


Mohammed Elrazzaz is Professor of Tools for Managing Culture at the Universitat ‎Internacional de Catalunya (UIC), Barcelona, since 2010. He holds an MA in Arts & ‎Cultural Management from the same university, and he has a vast experience in the field ‎as founder-moderator of Pen Temple Pilots (2002-2012). He is currently a PhD ‎candidate (Cultural Heritage).‎

Who should attend:‎

No background whatsoever is required for this course. Anyone with a passion for art ‎and/or history is more than welcome to attend. ‎

Reservations & Further Inquiries: ‎

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Oran-Tlemcen: A Long Weekend in Algeria

Among the several wonders that the Central Maghreb has to offer, I settled on Oran and Tlemcen in northwestern Algeria for a long weekend of cultural travel, and I couldn’t be happier!

While the colonial past of Oran is still alive in the flesh and visible in the very tissue of the city, Tlemcen’s dynastic drama is carved in the memory of stone and is imprinted in the character of its people. In Oran, cosmopolitan ghosts still roam around the city’s French, Spanish and Ottoman houses, castles and mosques respectively. In the nearby Tlemcen, al-Andalus still lives on, and vestiges of Almoravid, Almohad, Merenid and Zayanid splendor are visible wherever you go. 

Whether contemplating the eternal Mediterranean from the Spanish Fortress of Santa Cruz in Oran or elbowing your way amid an ocean of faces in Tlemcen’s popular al-Kaissaria Souq, and whether you go for a stroll in the centre ville of Oran or as pilgrim to visit the mausoleum’s of Sidi Boumedien in Tlemcen, one thing holds true: it takes a lot of scratching beneath the surface to fully appreciate the charm of these two cities…one of them nostalgic and decadent; the other relaxed and confident.

I’ll let the photos do the talking: