Still from Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia
Islamic Art: Africa and Central Asia
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch
120 Metcalfe St., Ottawa
Continuing his trek across the Muslim world, art scholar Waldemar Januszczak introduces viewers to masterworks in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia—from the gigantic and surreal mud mosques of Mali; to a rare, 10th-century Egyptian ewer carved out of a single piece of rock crystal; to the inspired urban planning of the ancient city of Isfahan in Iran; to the stunning architecture of Uzbekistan’s Samarquand. Januszczak shares his knowledge of the Sunni-Shiite schism and its artistic implications, the Fatimid influence evident in Cairo’s Al-Azhar mosque, and the vast debt which Gothic architecture owes to the arches and filigrees of medieval Islamic building design. (45 minutes)
Q&A session after the film. Presented by Islamic History Month Canada.
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