Congratulations to Dr. Ahmed Zildzic who has just been named Associate Professor of Islamic Culture and Civilization in the Department for Oriental Philology (Arabic, Persian, Turkish) at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. We are very grateful to Dr. Zildzic for his service to the CIS as Visiting Scholar and Lecturer, and for directing the Islamic Manuscripts Project at the GTU library (2014-2015).
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The Center for Islamic Studies is delighted to share that CIS visiting scholar Dr. Nargis Virani; CIS lecturer, Dr. Som Pourfarzaneh; and CIS Director, Dr. Munir Jiwa, will be attending the Parliament of the Worlds Religions fostering collaborations on Muslim leadership. Oct 15-19, 2015, Salt Lake City.
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Sunday, September 20th, 1:00pm. 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709.
In 2015, the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur almost precisely overlaps with the period of the Hajj, which culminates in Eid al-Adha on the day after Yom Kippur. This public program will explore many of the shared themes of this season, including repentance, pilgrimage, and sacrifice.
Join us at this unique illustrated presentation and hands-on workshop on the art and design of Islamic geometric patterns with Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and former Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.
After a brief illustrated introduction to Islamic ornament in ceramic tile, carved woodwork, and illuminated manuscripts, we will explore the basic principles that underly geometric patterns in Islamic art through hands-on activities. Using paper-folding and coloring exercises you will learn to visualize circles and centers and the intersecting axes of grids that allow for the repetition of designs to create a pattern. Come to understand the organization of historical designs and find your own forms of expression through the use of color and symmetry.
A CARE brown bag lunch, featuring Dr. Munir Jiwa, CARE Fall 2014 Grant Recipient, who presents on the research he conducted on the representation and use of Islamic art/history in institutions from New York to Doha, the mobilization of aesthetic capital, and the cultivation of new museum subjects and publics. Institutions studied include the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha Qatar; Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Metropolitan Museum of Islamic Art, New York; and Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada.