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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
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Figural Representation in Islamic Art

January 3 - August 6, 2023
In Ripin Gallery

Figural Representation in Islamic Art

January 3 - August 6, 2023
In Ripin Gallery

Does Islam forbid making images of people? Various Muslim societies have interpreted the religion’s prohibition of idolatry—specifically worship of statues—in different ways.

Despite this rich variety, some widespread customs in representation have developed over time. Mosque decoration, for example, is often without human figures and includes vegetal, stylized, or geometric designs. On the other hand, traditional book illustrations often depicted people. This exhibition showcases different types of representation in Islamic art and includes textiles, prints, and works by contemporary artists Shirin Neshat and Burhan Doğançay.

Organized by

Selin Ünlüönen

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History in the field of Islamic art, architecture, and material culture

With assistance from

Kevin R. E. Greenwood,

Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art


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