Reevaluating Middle Eastern Contributions to the Built Environment in Europe

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An exploration of the examination of Middle Eastern contributions to European architecture, interior design and decorative arts in historical survey texts reveals a prejudicial marginalization of the impact of the former on the latter culture. Western scholars’ nationalistic efforts to build up the stature of their cultures’ achievements have almost invariably resulted in discounting those of other cultures. Although designers of buildings might be more prone to share Bannisters Fletcher’s idea of architecture as the art form that is “more than any other national product”, students and teachers of all the arts should recognize and neutralize the impact of nationalism on art history and criticism.


How to Cite: Drab, T. & Bozorgi, K. (2003) “Reevaluating Middle Eastern Contributions to the Built Environment in Europe”, Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. 21(1). doi: