Hanna Taragan

Professor Hana Taragan teaches Islamic art and architecture in the Department of Art History at Tel Aviv University where she has also been serving as head of the Division of Islamic Art and Architecture for many years, supervising many M.A and Ph.D students and teaching courses as well as seminars for graduate student.

Her fields of research include Umayyad Art and Architecture in Bilad al-Sham and Art and Architecture of the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods in Egypt, Jazira and Syria, focusing on the perspective of Muslim-Crusader encounters and the imprint they left on the changing public architectural landscape in the region.She has written a book on the Umayyad sculpture in the palace at Khirbat al-Mafjar and numerous articles on Mamluk buildings in Palestine.

Prof. Taragan also engages with the art of the object as a bearer of the memories, associations and meanings which make objects a paradigmatic documents of their time. Her articles on Islamic metal ware have been published in leading journals in the field. She is presently working on a book that analyzes and interprets objects from the Mamluk period.

Her special interest in Cairo under the colonial rule has led Prof. Taragan to discuss in her research questions of identity and public space politics in Cairo in the 19th and 20th century as featured ,for example, the in her article on the “Gate of Heaven” Synagogue (1898-1905) in Cairo.