North Africa

2019 Mar 08

Art Study Center Seminar: Painted Piety—The Art of Religious Devotion in Morocco

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

In this seminar, Mounia Chekhab Aboudaya, curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar, and Rachel Parikh, the Calderwood Curatorial Fellow in South Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will explore the religious and artistic context behind a large, calligraphic panel venerating the Prophet Muhammad.

This recent acquisition, created in 20th-century Morocco, is as enigmatic as it is striking—there is no known devotional panel like it. However, drawing from other objects, such as pilgrimage guides and prayer books, within Harvard Art Museums...

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2019 Mar 06

Art and Religious Devotion in Morocco: Notes on a Calligraphic Panel from the Harvard Art Museums

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

A large-scale calligraphic panel from Morocco features stylized views of Mecca and Medina and representation of the Prophet Muhammad’s sandals, alongside prayers praising the Prophet and a selection of verses from the Qur’an.

This striking work raises the broad question of representational imagery in an Islamic devotional context as well as the more specific matter of artistic transfer from illustrated copies of the Dala’il al-Khayrat (The Ways of Edification). This famous collection of prayers blessing the Prophet, compiled by the 15th-century Sufi mystic...

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2019 Mar 28

Program in Islamic Law Lecture: “NUSHUZ, LAWFUL DISCIPLINE AND SPOUSE ABUSE IN THE MALIKI MADHAB: A HISTORY AND ITS RELEVANCE TO MODERN ISLAMIC LAW REFORM”

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Austin 308 (Morgan Courtroom)

MOHAMMAD FADEL, PROFESSOR OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Nisa' 4:34 has received a disproportionate share of commentary among reformist Muslim scholars of this generation insofar as...

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