Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis


About Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis

Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis is Contributing Editor for the Arts of the Islamic World. She is an archaeologist and architectural historian. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate Center at CUNY and serves on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has a DPhil in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University.


The Hagia Sophia as a mosque
After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the sultan repurposed this church, adding slender “pencil” minarets.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque



Kaaba
Located in Mecca, this square shrine is the holiest site in Islam. Muslims direct their prayers toward it.

The Kaaba




Dome of the Rock
One of the world’s main monotheistic faiths, Islam was founded by Muhammad, a merchant from Mecca.

Introduction to Islam


The Hagia Sophia as a mosque
After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the sultan repurposed this church, adding slender “pencil” minarets.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque



Sinan, Rüstem Paşa Mosque, exterior niche Mimar Sinan, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, 1561-63 (Istanbul)
One of the world’s main monotheistic faiths, Islam was founded by Muhammad, a merchant from Mecca.

Introduction to Islam



The Damascus Room (detail)
The sound of the fountain led guests into this 18th-century house, where a vibrant interior stimulated ear and eye.

Qa’a (The Damascus room)



Alexander Sarcophagus
Alexander the Great conquered the known world, but who was this monument for and what does it symbolize?

The Alexander Sarcophagus


The Hagia Sophia as a mosque
After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople, the sultan repurposed this church, adding slender “pencil” minarets.

Hagia Sophia as a mosque




Mihrab from Isfahan (Iran) (detail)
This prayer niche once pointed students towards Mecca. Its blue and white patterns comprise verses from the Qur’an.

Mihrab from Isfahan (Iran)



The Ardabil carpet
This wool carpet was woven for a shrine. Its dense design contains geometric patterns, floral motifs—and two lamps.

The Ardabil Carpet




The Pyxis of al-Mughira
This florid box, designed to hold cosmetics, attests to the rich ivory carving tradition of Islamic Spain.

Pyxis of al-Mughira