Short course on Islamic art

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United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology

New short course on Islamic art open to all, offered by the Oxford International Collaboration Centre, Azad University, Oxford, UK.

Course's title: 'Discussing Islamic Art, Aesthetics, and Visuality'

Module Lecturer: Valerie Gonzalez, Research Associate, SOAS, University of London ( ,


This is a 10 session virtual professional module introducing the artistic culture of Islam from the viewpoint of its aesthetics and meaning. It is conceptualized like a forum for both learning and appreciating the rich and beautiful arts of Islam so that the audience will get a sense of what these arts mean and express for the Muslim faithful. The program aims to cover the most important artistic art forms and visual concepts that make the uniqueness of this culture in both aspects of its unity and diversity. The Muslim world is indeed vast and encompasses an immense variety of local cultures. It is also spiritually shaped by different interpretations of the Islamic faith. Yet, this world remains united through the shared acknowledgment of the truth of God’s words in the Qur’an and of God’s messenger and representative, Prophet Muhammad. This acknowledgment constitutes the metaphysical core of Islam that informs Islamic art making.

Start: March 09, 2021 - 16:00-17.15. End: April 08, 2021 - 16:00-17.15. Two sessions per week on Tuesday and Thuursday.

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Contact Info: 

Valerie Gonzalez, Research Associate, SOAS, University of London ( ,