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Yasser Tabbaa Archive

Identifier: AKDC-2015-0002

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Being drafted/revised as of 6/16/2020.


  • Creation: ca. 1970-2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Since receiving his PhD from New York University in 1982, Yasser Tabbaa has taught Islamic art and architecture for more than 30 years at several research universities in the US and the Middle East. Working at the juncture of architecture, social history, religion, and aesthetics, Tabbaa has written books and articles on Islamic architecture, ornament, and calligraphy, including Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo (Penn State Press, 1997) and The Transformation of Islamic Art during the Sunni Revival (U. Washington Press, 2001). He has also published several articles on Islamic gardens and poetics. His most recent book is Najaf: The Gate of Wisdom (UNESCO, 2014), and he is currently directing a similar project on the city and monuments of Samarra and preparing a book on Shiʿi shrine architecture.

In July 2015, Dr. Tabbaa donated his teaching archive to the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT. The collection can be found here.

(Source: Yasser Tabbaa, 3 July 2015)


5 Linear Feet (Five table top, 5-drawer, metal slide cabinets. ) : 5-Drawer, Metal, Table-Top, Slide Cabinet, extent measured by width. ; Depth 12.25, height 13, width 15.5 inches.

25,000 item(s) (estimated quantity) : Color, or black and white. ; 35mm slides

2 item(s) (2 journals)

50 folder(s) (estimated quantity, will revise) : Folders of photographs, notes, textual documents. ; Folders are circa 9 x 12 inches.

10 Linear Feet

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Yasser Tabbaa Archive
Matthew Young and Betsy Baldwin
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This is the latest revision of the draft finding aid which is nearing completion.

Repository Details

Part of the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries Repository

Cambridge US