IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 225: Transcending Borders: Art in the Early Centuries of Islam

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Andrea Olsen Lam, Seaver College Pepperdine University Washington DC
Moderator/Chair:Eunice Dauterman Maguire, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
Paper 225-aPieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis
(Language: English)
Alex Brey, Department of the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Architecture - General, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 225-bWhose Joseph?
(Language: English)
Andrea Olsen Lam, Seaver College Pepperdine University Washington DC
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies
Paper 225-cMuslim-Christian Interaction in the Mosaics of the Holy Land
(Language: English)
Henry Maguire, Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Art History - General, Byzantine Studies
Abstract

Though strong confessional boundaries separated Jews, Christians, and Muslims, their artistic, literary, and intellectual cultures intermingled and influenced one another in decisive ways during the early medieval period. This session presents stone carvings, floor mosaics, and textiles that depict secular, sacred, and decorative themes that transcended religious borders. Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, we interrogate the status and function of images, the varieties of ‘iconoclasms’ practiced in each religion, and the extent to which each of the three religion’s stance on images influenced the others.