Tuesday 26 November, 3pm
Ashmolean Lecture Theatre
In Europe, in both a religious and secular context, we are used to art which is representational, and it is commonly held that Islamic art is non-representational. This lecture, given by Professor James Allan, Professor of Eastern Art at Oxford University, introduces Islamic art through its three most widely appreciated non-representational strands: Arabic calligraphy, the Islamic art form par excellence, resulting from its use in the language of the Koran; geometry; and the arabesque. All three are used in a wide range of media, including the art of the book, carpets, tilework and woodwork. However, the lecture will also explore the figural side of Islamic art and show how widespread figural art really is – even, most surprisingly, in some religious settings. The lecture concludes by highlighting the way art reflects the deep theological divide between Sunni (orthodox) Islam and Shi’ism.
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