Jnanapravaha Mumbai, 3rd Floor, Queen's Mansion, G. Talwatkar Marg (Next to John Canon and Cathedral Middle School), Fort, Mumbai, India
HAJJ: A Sacred Journey - Islamic Aesthetics 2021
1 - The Sacred Journey: An Introduction
Venetia Porter (The British Museum, London)
- 13th January 2021
2 - Colonial India and The Hajj
John Slight (The Open University, Cambridge)
- 20th January 2021
3 - The Hajj from Southeast Asia: A Story in Sources
Annabel Teh Gallop (The British Library, London)
- 27th January 2021
4 - The Prophet, The Holy Cities and Islamic Devotional Texts
Guy Burak (New York University)
- 3rd February 2021
5 - The Arts of Hajj: Gifts and Memorabilia
Luit E.M. Mols (SABIEL, Research and Consultancy on Islamic art)
- 10th February 2021
Islamic Aesthetics addresses the endless inventiveness of the peoples who profess this faith, from lands stretching across the Atlantic to India and the borders of China and Southeast Asia today. The course privileges the tenets and themes that developed in a very short period, rather than a reduced, linear study across space and time, resulting in radically changed but synthesised forms. It examines the “language of culture” to contextualize both the form and content of Islamic aesthetics.
Say: He is God, the One and Only;
God, the Eternal, and Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.
This sura, “Purity of Faith,” forms the touchstone of Islam’s monotheism and distinguishes it from other Abrahamic religions. The One God is both sublimely simple and endlessly complex, intimately as close as breath and, at the same time, immeasurably distant. Muhammad is Allah’s messenger and the definitive Word, the Qur’an, was given to him to teach the way of righteousness
The hadith, “God is Beauty and loves that which is beautiful,” led to the creation of a language of Islamic art that is luminescent, dancing with divine splendour. Making art is an act of devotion wherein the artist is sanctified and viewers are blessed through their experiences with the beauty of the creation.
The course endeavors to navigate between the two fundamental ideas of Islamic art and aesthetics – first, that all art forms provide aesthetic possibilities of referring to God’s Being as the very essence of beauty and indescribably sublime; and second, that of Paradise to come, created for the just to inhabit, a place of peace and plenitude suggested in all creativity.