Bernard O’Kane

March 18th, 2017

Dr. O’Kane’s attendance at the College Art Annual Meeting facilitated an invitation from the Aga Khan Museum of Islamic Art in Toronto to lecture there, on 21st February, on “Fatimid Architecture in Egypt.” The lecture appealed to the sizable local Ismaili community, resulting in a gratifying attendance of about 130. This was also an excellent chance for me to view and study the Museum’s collection.

O’Kane, Bernard

June 2nd, 2016

On 31st May, Dr. O’Kane presented an invited paper on “How to Research Islamic Art and Architecture” to a Ministry of Antiquities workshop on research at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

O’Kane, Bernard

May 19th, 2016

On 22 April, Dr. O’Kane delivered a paper on “Carved Brick: The Westward Spread of an Indian Technique in Ghaznavid and Later Islamic Architecture” to the conference on The Architecture of the Iranian World 1000-1250, convened by Professor Robert Hillenbrand at the University of St Andrews, 21 – 24 April 2016

O’Kane, Bernard

March 23rd, 2016

“From Atelier Floor to Monument Wall: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?,” in Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial Worldˆ, ed., Robert Ousterhout, Dorian Borbonus, and Elisha Dumser (University of Pennsylvania, March 2016), pp. 1-25 (’Kane%20Masons.pdf)

O’Kane, Bernard

March 20th, 2016

“Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture,” in Arthur Upham Pope and a New Survey of Persian Art, ed. Yuka Kadoi (Brill, Leiden, 2016), 111-124.

O’Kane, Bernard

February 23rd, 2016

On 20th February, 16, Dr. O’Kane attended the one day symposium at SOAS, University of London, on The Idea of Iran, Renewal in the Age of Post – Mongol Prestige, and contributed a lecture on “Neglected Masterpieces: Architecture of the Jalayirids, Muzaffarids and Kartids.”

O’Kane, Bernard

February 17th, 2016

On 25th November, Dr. O’Kane delivered an invited lecture at the Bahrain National Museum, Manama, on “Full Circle: Images of Kalila and Dimna Animal Fables from India to the Middle East and Back Again”

O’Kane, Bernard

May 19th, 2015

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Archtiecture, has given lectures at the following conferences:

  • March 2015 – Against Gravity Conference at University of Pennsylvania, “From Workshop to Architecture: How Were Tiles Placed Correctly?”
  • April 2015 – Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, “Mughal Tilework: Sultanate or Persianate”
  • April 2015 – Lawrence University of Kansas, Franklin D. Murphy Lecture, “The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo”
  • May 2015 – Zahedan, Iran: Conference on the Representation of the Prophet Muhammad in Art, “The Prophet Muhammad’s Name in Architectural Inscriptions”
  • Professor O’Kane also received the Society of Architectural Historians Senior Scholarship award, which covered partial travel funds for the conference.

Bernard O’Kane

December 12th, 2013

Dr. Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, has done book reviews for:

Estelle J. Whelan, The Public Figure: Political Iconography in Medieval Mesopotamia (London 2006), for al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 25 (2013), 380-2.

Kishvar Rizvi, The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran (London, 2011), for Journal of Islamic Studies 24 (2013), 371-6.

In addition, on November 28 -29th, Dr. O’Kane attended the workshop Projet “Kalila wa Dimna: Rencontre à mi-parcours, organised by the Bibliothèque national de France and the University of the Sorbonne, at which he delivered a paper on “The Kind Saud ms 2536 of King Faisal Library, Riyadh.”

On December 4th, he chaired the afternoon session of The First International Conference of Islamic Archaeology in the East, Cairo University.

Bernard O’Kane

February 25th, 2013

A library edition of Bernard O’Kane’s book Treasures of Islam (Duncan Baird Publishers, London, 2007) (also published by AUC Press as The World of Islamic Art) has been published by Rosen Publishing, New York, as The Civilization of the Islamic World (2013). Bernard is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture in the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations (ARIC).