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November 10, 2013

The Fifth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art to Examine the Role of Light in Islamic Art and Culture

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul.jpgScholars from around the world will explore the role of light in Islamic art and culture during the Fifth Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, on 9-11November 2013 in Palermo, Italy.

Widely considered the preeminent conference regarding Islamic art and culture, the three-day Symposium, ’God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth,’ features 13 speakers, all leading scholars in Islamic art and architecture, from around the world whose papers will address the role of light in Islamic art and culture from a wide range of perspectives, from the metaphoric imagery of light in the Qur’an and in the literatures of the Islamic lands to the practical role of light in buildings, paintings, performances, photography, and other works of art produced over the past fourteen centuries.

The Qur’an is rich in references to light, and light consequently permeates the culture and visual arts of the Islamic lands; one of the most famous passages in the Qur’an, the Light Verse (24:35) majestically extols God as the Light of the Heavens and the Earth, a metaphor for His guidance and illumination over all creation.

The Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art is organized by Sheila S Blair and Jonathan M Bloom who have shared the Hamad Bin Khalifa Endowed Chair of Islamic Art at Virginia Commonwealth University since its establishment in 2006.

'God Is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth‘ is sponsored by Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Qatar Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar), Hamad bin Khalifa University and the University of Palermo.

God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth is the fifth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art.

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