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Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai - 400001. India.
E-mail: to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com, info@jp-india.org
Tel      : +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975
Landmark: We are next to Cathedral Middle School, in the lane opposite J.B.Petit School.

 

 
 

Spiritual Beyondness: The Form of Allah and Visions of the Divine

3 - 5 Jan '18 6.30 - 8.30 pm
 
 

Can the eternal, as opposed to the historical, and the outmost Holy, which cannot be grasped by human being, be visualized? And if, how and to what extent? These are the basic questions that form and dictate the aesthetic realm of the ‘Sacred’. Despite several religious constrains, which usually involve the concepts of the ‘Forbidden’ and the ‘Beyond Sight’ of the Sacred in Islam, the aspiration for Devine apparition (theophany) and its spiritual experience seemed to enrich and inspire the aesthetic of the Art of the Holy in Islam and to define its distinctive characters and limits.
These series of three lectures will be devoted to three major aspects concerning the visualization of the Divine. The first discussion focuses on the concept of theophany – the Hadith of the Vision (al-rū’yā) – and on the ‘incarnation’ of the divine, namely its meta in morphosis. The second lecture analyzes varied iconic visions of the Haram (the sacred sanctuary) of Mecca. Its focus is the scared space as real and imagined. The third lecture discusses metaphors associated with the image of the Divine and on substances associated with the eternal and everlasting.

3rd Jan - Theophany, the Hadith of the Vision (al-rū’yā), and incarnations
4th Jan - Images of the Haram in Mecca
5th Jan - “Metaphors We Live By”: The Lamp, Veil, and Screen and Materials that resist time

This public lecture is part of a course Islamic Aesthetics: In Praise of Aj’aib, the Wondrous
http://www.jp-india.org/courses/islamic-aesthetics.asp

 
 
 

Avinoam Shalem

Avinoam Shalem is the Riggio Professor of the arts of Islam at the Columbia University in the city of New York. Prior to his appointment, Shalem held the professorship of the history of the arts of Islam at the University of Munich and taught at the universities of Tel Aviv, Edinburgh, Heidelberg (Hochschule für jüdische Studien), Bamberg, Luzern and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He was Andrew Mellon Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006, Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Center in 2009; and Lester K. Little Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2016. Between 2007-2015, he held the Max-Planck Associate Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. His main field of interest is in medieval artistic interactions in the Mediterranean basin, medieval aesthetic and the historiography of the field of art history. He has published over 100 articles in academic magazines and books and is the author of several books. Among his recent publications: The Image of the Prophet between Ideal and Ideology: A Scholarly Investigation (with Christiane J. Gruber): Die mittelalterliche Olifante (2 vols); and Gazing Otherwise: Modalities of Seeing In and Beyond the Lands of Islam (with Olga Bush). He co-curated the exhibition The Future of Tradition: The Tradition of Future in Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010) and is currently directing the research projects When Nature Becomes Ideology: Palestine after 1947. His recent publication (published in August 2017), The Chasuble of Thomas Becket: A Biography (Munich, Hirmer Publishing House).

 
 
 

Registration Fees: Rs. 3000/-

 
 
 
 
 

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Tel: +91-22-2207 2974 / 2207 2975.
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