Shared Cultural Spaces: Islam and the West in the Arts and Sciences
We will explore the ways in which Muslim contributions to literature, arts, science, and architecture have influenced and become foundational to Western humanistic and scientific expressions. Our goal is to draw scholarly and public attention to the many ways in which Muslim and Western humanities co-exist in dialogue with one another.
The conference will feature two keynote lectures; the debut of a play based on a highly influential twelfth-century Arabic philosophical novel; a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and sessions on Islamic literature, science, architecture, art history, and digital technologies.
These sessions will look closely at the concept of the humanities within Islamic contexts and the epistemologies at the heart of Muslim contributions to the arts and sciences. The conference also will explore shared cultural spaces through the influence of Islamic architecture in the United States, art and aesthetics, and contemporary uses of digital technologies for humanistic and artistic purposes.
Following the conference, we will hold a workshop of faculty and community partners to develop a national program on Islamic humanities that similarly focuses on “shared” and “crossed” cultural space, building bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims both within the United States and in the broader global context.
“Bridging Cultures: Islam and the West,” a 30-minute television program based on interviews with several Shared Cultural Spaces speakers, is now available online. Videos of the conference itself are also available here.
Tagged Ali Momeni, Anouar Majid, Architecture, Art, Art History, Catherine Asher, Fouzi Slisli, George Saliba, Hamid Rassoul, Hazem Ziada, History, History of Science, Hossein Ziai, Ingrid Mattson, Islam, Jeanne Kilde, Khaldoun Samman, Literature, Nabil Matar, Nader Ardalan, Religious Studies, Space, Steven McMichael, Sussan Babaie, Wadad Kadi, William Beeman