Past Event

Muslim Visibility, Islamic Visuality: Learning from Art about Islam with Taoufik Ben-Amor, Sarah Eltantawi, and Kirsten Scheid

October 7, 2023
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room, Lenfest Center for the Arts

This panel considers the visualizing of Muslims in the period immediately following the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate. More broadly, it addresses why pious Muslims would paint or sculpt nudes, and what their innovative practices can teach us about Islam today that we miss by confining study to textual sources or histories of jurisprudence.


Kirsten Scheid, curator, Partisans of the Nude and Professor of Anthropology and Art Studies, American University BeirutĀ 


Taoufik Ben-Amor, Gordon Gray Jr Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University and Director, Columbia Arabic Summer Program in Amman

Sarah Eltantawi, Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Fordham University

Event registration includes both this panel discussion at 1:30 pm and a conversation between Annick Delorme and Sylvie Robinson at 3:30 pm.

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