Department of Islamic Art and Architecture

The International Islamic University, Islamabad is serving to the ideology of Pakistan. It has played a pivotal role in promoting the Islamic identity in the Muslim youth for the past three decades. The introduction of the degree programs in Islamic Art and Architecture is in line with the mission of the IIUI. The courses will introduce students to the Importance of Islamic art and architecture; acquaint them with unique features of the Islamic cultural heritage which has acquired its own identity and vocabulary over the past centuries. This will create amongst the Muslim youth a sense of unique identity, ownership of their Islamic heritage and a link with their own roots which is felt forgotten in the glittering lights of modernity. The youth will learn that the Muslim Cultural heritage is an integral part of the World cultures and their histories. Selected aspects of world cultures that are intimately related to the formation of Muslim religious thought and practices, Muslim scholarship and Muslim political discourses and experiences will be studied. All, under graduate and post graduate programs i.e. BS 4-years, MA 2-years, MS 2-years, and Ph.D. 3-years degree programs.
The programs cover the following components of Islamic arts and architecture:

  1. Islamic Architecture, Islamic patterns and designs
  2. Islamic Ceramics
  3. Islamic Arts of the Book, i.e. Development of Arabic Script into Calligraphy, Page-illumination and Book-Binding
  4. Islamic Textiles and Carpets, traditional and modern techniques, colours and designs
  5. Metalwork, Glasswork and Woodwork of the Islamic World
  6. Miniature-paintings:

    Production of books of fables, Shahnamehs and Padshanamehs at the

    • Arabian courts (Umayyads, Abbasids, Mamluks and Fatimids),
    • Persian Courts (Il-Khanid, Timurid, Safavids & Kajars),
    • Turkish Courts (Seljuqs and Ottoman) and
    • Indian Courts (Mughals) School of arts
    • Indigenous art of miniature paintings
  7. Development of Literature and poetry in the Islamic world
  8. Landscape painting,
  9. Graphic Designs and
  10. Interior Designs
Students with background or interest in Fine Arts, History, Archaeology, History of Art, Sociology, Anthropology and related subject of Social Sciences are encouraged to apply. Senior students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for enhancing their academic qualifications to gain number of benefits of academia as are the young students for number of obvious benefits.

Chairman: Department of Islamic Art & Architecture