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Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, will deliver a free lecture, “Heritage Conservation and the Fractured Arab Modernity.” An architect and a historian, his scholarly interests include the history and historiography of Islamic architecture, art and cultures, urban history and post-colonial criticism. He teaches lecture courses on various facets of Islamic architecture and seminars on the history of Islamic urbanism and contemporary cities, orientalism, historiography and the issue of meaning in architecture. Professor Rabbat has published more than 80 scholarly articles and book sections in English, Arabic and French. His books include The Citadel of Cairo: A New Interpretation of Royal Mamluk Architecture (Leiden, 1995), Thaqafat al Bina’ wa Bina’ al-Thaqafa (The Culture of Building and Building Culture) (Beirut, 2002), Al-Mudun al-Mayyita: Durus min Madhih wa-Ru’an li-Mustaqbaliha (The Dead Cities: Lessons from its History and Views on its Future) (Damascus, 2010), and Mamluk History Through Architecture: Building, Culture, and Politics in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (London, 2010), which won the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, 2011.
This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies; Department of History; the Nasher Museum; Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC); and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS).