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Sixth Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium to begin this weekend

By QatarNews

Are you an Islamic art enthusiast? Then you should know about the discussions that will take place in Doha this weekend.

Twelve of the world’s leading experts in Islamic art will be exploring certain aspects of visual arts in the Islamic world starting from November 7.

The discussion on the 7th will be held at Al-Rayyan Theatre in Souq Wakif and the following two days, November 8 and 9 will take place at the Museum of Islamic Arts.

The experts will be talking about writing in Islamic arts under the topic “By the Pen and What They Write: Writing in Islamic Art and Culture”.

The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art chaired by Dr Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, is a leading international conference on Islamic art and culture, co-sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, VCUQatar, the Qatar Foundation and Hamad bin Khalifa University.

Keen to attend the discussion? Then this is what you should know about the registration-

Online registration can be done via www.islamicartdoha.org while Walk-in registration for all symposium events will be conducted on a first-come basis as per the availability of space.

Online registration will be open until the 7th of November 2015.

Also, here’s a list of the speakers and the topics they will discuss.

•    Sheila Blair – “Writing as a Signifier of Islam”
•    Jonathan Bloom – “How Paper Changed Islamic Literary and Visual Culture”
•    Robert Hoyland – “The Birth of Arabic Writing in Stone”
•    Angelika Neuwirth – “Scripture, Revelation, and Writing: The Qur’an’s Epistemic Recast of Arabian Late Antiquity”
•    Hugh Kennedy – “Baghdad as a Center of Learning and Book Production”
•    Dana Sjdi – “Chained: Orality, Authority, and History”
•    Ludvik Kalus – “The Spread of Islamic Inscriptions in East and Southeast Asia”
•    Huda Smitshuijzen Abifares – “Arabic Typography and the Shaping”
•    Kristine Rose Beers – “Reading with Conservators: The Language of Book Archaeology”
•    Massumeh Farhad – “Reading between the Lines: Text and Image in Sixteenth-Century Iran”
•    Heba Nayel Barakat – “The Triumph of the Word: Contemporary Islamic Calligraphy Collections at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia”
•    Nasser Al Salem – “Calligraphy Presentation”.  

 [The Peninsula]

Will you be a part of this discussion? 

(Cover image courtesy: Takriti)


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