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Converging Paths: Cultural Encounters in Medieval Islam

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Converging Paths: Cultural Encounters in Medieval Islam

Talks followed by reception of canapés


To celebrate the inception of Converging Pathsa series of events aimed at building bridges with the Islamic Worldthree eminent guest scholars will present and discuss their research on the cultural interconnections and coexistence experienced by border societies in early and Medieval Islam.

The programme is comprised of:


Convergence and Divergence in the Arts of Syria-Palestine during the Period of the Crusades. Professor Scott Redford, Nasser D Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London.

Sicily: A Path Twice Broken. Dr. Jeremy Johns, Director Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Cultural Fusions; Dispelling and preserving Islamic Spain. Dr. Jacqueline Cockburn, Lecturer at V&A, Christies Education, The Art Fund, The London Art History Society and Art Pursuits


Each talk will last approximately 40 minutes, with a 15 mins Q&A, to be followed by a reception of canapés kindly sponsored by the Barakat Trust. This event is part of the series 2019 Converging Paths, brought to you by Asia House and The Barakat Trust. Click here to see other events of the same series.

About Scott Redford

Scott Redford is Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His current publication projects include the final report on Bilkent University excavations in medieval levels at the site of Kinet, in Hatay Province,Turkey, and co-editing, with Andrew Peacock of the University of St. Andrews, of a volume of essays on a late 13th century illustrated Persian language compendium on esoteric topics, Persan 174, in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.

About Jeremy Johns

After working as an archaeologist in Libya and Italy, Jeremy Johns read Modern History at Balliol College (Oxford), where he began his doctoral research on the Muslims of Norman Sicily. He completed his doctorate at Wolfson College (Oxford) in 1983, and returned to Wolfson in 1990 as University Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology. In 2004, he became the first Director of Oxford’s Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East. Most of his career has been concentrated on the art history, archaeology, and social and economic history of Sicily under Muslim and Norman rule (827–1266).

About Jacqueline Cockburn

Dr Jacqueline Cockburn is Director of Art and Culture Andalucía. She specialises in taking interested groups to Southern Spain to uncover and explore Islamic and Mudejar Architecture. She is particularly interested in the period when Christians both destroyed and preserved the rich material culture and art of Islamic Spain. As a Modernist, her PhD is on the drawings of Garcia Lorca. She lectures at the The Victoria and Albert Museum and Christie’s Education as well as The Arts Society. As a linguist and cultural art historian her particular focus is on Spanish Art from the Golden Age to the Spanish Civil War.

This event is part of the series Converging Paths, a year-long series of events curated for 2019, and organised in partnership by Asia House and The Barakat Trust. With this series we aim to engage audiences in challenging cultural misconceptions about the Islamic world, building bridges between communities and highlighting the importance of the arts of that region. We aim to provide wider access, combining digital platforms and curated cultural programmes that appeal to adults and families. Click here to see other events in the Converging Paths series.

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