Islamic art historian and professor Dr. Mehmet Aga-Oglu was born on August 4, 1896 in Russian Caucasia. In 1916 the Univerity of Moscow awarded him a Doctor of Letters in the history, philosophy, and languages of Islamic countries. He continued studying Islamic art and in 1921 attended the University of Istanbul where he studied the history of the Ottoman Empire. Aga-Oglu traveled and studied extensively throughout this time and completed a course in Near Eastern art in architecture under Dr. Ernst Herzfeld in Berlin. In 1926 he earned a Ph.D. and one year later the Islamic Department of the National Museum in Istanbul appointed Dr. Aga-Oglu as curator. In 1929, the city of Detroit recruited Dr. Aga-Oglu to build the Department of Near Eastern Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In 1933 the Univeristy of Michigan appointed him chair of the History of Islamic Art. He remained at the University of Michigan until 1938 as a Freer Fellow and Lecturer, and a professor. Dr. Mehmet Aga-Oglu died in 1949.
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Notes, photographs, maps, and writings for, "Corpus of Islamic Work" which was never published due to Dr. Aga-Oglu's death in 1949.
Mehmet Aga-Oglu Papers. Freer Galleryy of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Dr. Kamer Aga-Oglu, 1959
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560
Art metal-work, Islamic
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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