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Book Launch: "What is 'Islamic' Art?" with Prof. Wendy Shaw

Nov 02, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Book launch of 'What is "Islamic" Art? : Between Religion and Perception' and a reading with the author, Prof. Wendy M. K. Shaw, Freie Universität Berlin. Books will be sold and alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

From the publisher's home page: "Revealing what is 'Islamic' in Islamic art, Shaw explores the perception of arts, including painting, music, and geometry through the discursive sphere of historical Islam including the Qur'an, Hadith, Sufism, ancient philosophy, and poetry. Emphasis on the experience of reception over the context of production enables a new approach, not only to Islam and its arts, but also as a decolonizing model for global approaches to art history. Shaw combines a concise introduction to Islamic intellectual history with a critique of the modern, secular, and European premises of disciplinary art history. Her meticulous interpretations of inter-textual themes span antique philosophies, core religious and theological texts, and prominent prose and poetry in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu that circulated across regions of Islamic hegemony from the eleventh century to the colonial and post-colonial contexts of the modern Middle East."

Time & Location

Nov 02, 2019 | 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Hopscotch Reading Room
Kurfürstenstr. 14 (in the yard)
10785 Berlin