Bernard O'Kane is Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the American University in Cairo, where he has been teaching since 1980. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the editor of three books and the author of seven, the most recent being The Mosques of Egypt (2016), and The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo (2012).
PhD, 1982, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
A Review of Review: The Safavid Dynastic Shrine: Architecture, Religion and Power in Early Modern Iran , London: Journal of Islamic Studies, I. B. Tauris.
A Review of Review: The Sultan Ḥasan Complex in Cairo, Beirut: University of Chicago, Beirut: Orient-Institut , 15, 163-167.
The Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo , AUC Press.
“A Tale of Two Minbars: Woodwork in Egypt and Syria on the Eve of the Ayyubids,” in Ferdowsi, the Mongols and the History of Iran: Art, Literature and Culture from Early Islam to Qajar Persia. Studies in Honour of Charles Melville, 316-326.
“Architecture and Court Cultures of the 14th Century,” in A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture,, (Gulru Necipoglu, Finbarr B. Flood) Ed(s), London: Blackwell-Wiley, 12800 words.
“Islamic Art and Architecture in Pre-Mongol Baghdad,” in Baghdad, a Handbook, Tubingen: 10,000 words.
“Medium and Message in the Monumental Epigraphy of Medieval Cairo,” in Calligraphy and Islamic Architecture in the Muslim World, (Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick) Ed(s), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
“Arthur Upham Pope and the Study of Persian Islamic Architecture,” in Proceedings of the Symposium on the Legacy of Arthur Upham Pope, (Yuka Kadoi) Ed(s), Leiden: Brill.
“Muslim Central Asia,” in The Art History of the Four Continents 1300-1650, Munich: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft .
“James Wild and the Mosque of Bashtak,” in The Arts of the Mamluks in Egypt and Syria – Evolution and Impact, (Doris Behrens-Abouseif) Ed(s), Bonn: Bonn University Press, 163-181.
“Religious Architecture of Iran and Central Asia under the Timurids; and of later Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia,” in Cambridge History of World Religious Architecture, (Cynthia Robinson and Hasan-Uddin Khan ) Ed(s), Cambiidge: Cambridge University Press, 7,500 words.
“The Look of Language,” Literature Aesthetics ,2013-01-15,22(22/2),33-49.
“Text and Paintings in the al-Wāsitī Maqāmāt,” Ars Orientalis,2012-10-01,4241-55.
“Text and Paintings in the al-Wāsiṭī Maqāmāt,” Ars Orientalis,2011-10-01,4241-55.
Research and Teaching Material
Baku: Monuments, Encyclopaedia of Islam.
“The Residential Architecture of the Darb Zubayda,” Reichert, 202-219.
“The Great Ǧalayirid Shahnama,”.
The Civilization of the Islamic World, New York, NY: Rosen Publishing.
“The Design of Cairo’s Masonry Domes,” Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania,.
“The Development of Iranian Cuerda Seca Tiles and the Transfer of Tilework Technology,” Yale University Press, 174-203.
Iranian art and architecture
Egyptian Islamic art and architecture