Islamic Art and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean



This module considers objects and places from the medieval world that have accumulated multiple meanings over time. Challenging the narrative of a ‘clash of civilisations’ between Islam and Christianity, it focuses on the entangled histories of art and architecture in the medieval Mediterranean, examining through case studies the mediatory role of art, material culture and architecture from the 10th to 15th centuries.

This course is led by Dr Anna Mc Sweeney, whose research focuses on the art and architecture of the Islamic world. She has published a book on the long history of the Alhambra palace, From Granada to Berlin: the Alhambra Cupola, and is interested in Islamic ceramics, manuscripts, art, and architectural interiors of the medieval Mediterranean, Spain, and North Africa.

Date, Time and Place

This lecture-only module comprises of two lectures per week over one term commencing in January 2024.

Please check the School of Histories and Humanities website for updates on this course at:

Course Fees

€170 full rate, €90 concession rate.

The concession rate is available to all those retired, over 65s, and those on a government pension / payment plan and the unwaged, including second- and third-level students.


Please check our website in December for updates on enrolment and term dates at:

You may apply online or by telephone as follows:

Online: Register and pay by credit/debit card online after enrolments open at:

By telephone: Text ‘APPLY FOR COURSE’ to +353 (0)87 2572015* and you will receive a call back confirming your registration. The phone will be busy during the application period so responses may be delayed. Please do not call to enroll for this course.

Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8968589