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Iranian Material Culture
Majority of Iranians use art in their daily lives to express their love and emotions, beatify the objects while writing words of wisdom, and decorate the buildings with various calligraphy styles to send a message. They use calligraphy to write poems on the things and buildings and adorn them while conveying a message to the reader. This course explores the culture of Iranians by analyzing material cultures and discussing the use of metaphors and imagery in people's daily lives. This course familiarizes students with Iconography, Calligraphy, Epigraphy, Dress, and food and drink. In addition to lectures and secondary reading sources, students will discuss the current trends in every area. They will meet five times (10 hours) with the instructor. Prior knowledge of Iranian arts and Persian language is not required.