Alka Patel: South Asian and Cuban Art and Architecture

Indian, Sidi Said Mosque, West Façade: jali detail, circa 1572, Image: 1996, Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India. Image and original data provided by South Asia (Alka Patel Archive), © 1996 Alka Patel.

Artstor is collaborating with Alka Patel and the University of California, Irvine to contribute approximately 15,000 images of works of Islamic and Latin American art and architecture to the Digital Library. The contribution will comprise three collections documenting art and architecture in three regions: South Asia, the Middle East, and Cuba. 

Alka Patel is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches courses in South Asian and Islamic art and architecture. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University (2000) and her B.A. in Art History and Spanish Literature from Mount Holyoke College. Patel has edited several volumes, written numerous articles, and authored Building Communities in Gujarat: Architecture and Society during the Twelfth through Fourteenth Centuries (E. J. Brill, 2004). Her forthcoming projects include a monograph (The Ghurid Architecture of South Asia and Historiography at the Ends of the Islamic World), and an edited volume (The History and Historiography of Reuse in South Asia).