Spotlight on Islamic Art with Dr. Sabahat Adil

Spotlight on Islamic Art with Dr. Sabahat Adil


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In recent years, scholars have identified ample Islamic manuscript paintings with the faces of individuals scratched off. Why might people have attempted to erase this aspect of manuscript paintings? What does it tell us about the history of art produced in Islamic contexts? This seminar will explore the rich history of Islamic art, including figural depiction as well as issues of aniconism and iconoclasm, and relate it to parallel phenomena in other traditions, including the Byzantine Empire. Islamic art, like other types of art, was never produced in isolation.

From the Iberian Peninsula to South Asia and beyond, we will examine examples of Islamic art and explore how various traditions coalesced together in visual culture. We will also consider the varieties of art that emerged in Islamic cultural contexts outside of figural depiction, including geometric design, vegetal ornamentation, and intricate calligraphy. More broadly, one of the most interesting aspects of the seminar will be our consideration of the very idea of “Islamic” art and how art historians and scholars have sought to interrogate the phrase by considering how art produced in certain contexts is referred to in terms of geography (i.e. European art), while art produced in other contexts is referred to in terms of religion. At the heart of this discussion is the following question: what makes “Islamic art” Islamic?

 Led by an expert on the Mediterranean and Islamic history and cultures, Dr. Sabahat Adil, our conversation will shed light on the incredibly rich and layered history of Islamic art as well as the controversies surrounding it. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Islamic art through time into the present.

This conversation has been designed to be enjoyed as a stand-alone seminar or as part of a wider series spotlighting worldwide artists. For more information, please click here.

Passionate about the past and its connections with the present, Sabahat Adil, PhD has expertise on the history of the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, particularly in terms of cultural history. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught extensively at a variety of institutions, including the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Newberry Library. Her research and publications focus on the history of North Africa and medieval Iberia. Sabahat has also worked in museum settings, including the Freer and Sackler in Washington, D.C. and the Field Museum in Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Debra B. (Casper, US)
Islamic Art

A broad overview of different aspects of Islamic art.

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Describing beauty

This seminar explores the refined and sublime Islamic beauty and declines smoothly its alphabet. Sublime

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Gail Goodrick (Seattle, US)
Islamic Art

This is a huge subject but this was a good basic introduction.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
67%
(2)
33%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
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D
Debra B. (Casper, US)
Islamic Art

A broad overview of different aspects of Islamic art.

P
Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
Describing beauty

This seminar explores the refined and sublime Islamic beauty and declines smoothly its alphabet. Sublime

G
Gail Goodrick (Seattle, US)
Islamic Art

This is a huge subject but this was a good basic introduction.