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TALK | ‘Islamic Art’ and its Discontents, by Sussan Babaie

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The marketplace and above all the hugely lucrative and popular scene of contemporary arts from the Islamic world and their diasporas have ignited a heated discussion about whether we can assign the qualifier Islamic to any of the works of art, and of the visual and material cultures of the Islamic world.

This talk, by Iranian-American art historian and curator Dr Sussan Babaie of the Courtauld Institute, explores the debate and considers the challenges posed by a category of art that encompasses such vast geographies as from Spain to China and histories as from the seventh century to the present and yet cannot comfortably accommodate contemporary artistic practices.


This is the second in a series of four talks exploring the history of art in eastern countries – from Japanese ‘ukiyo-e’ pictures to ancient Chinese scrolls and Buddhist art and architecture in India. You may also like to consider:

Japanese Art: The Traditional and the Contemporary, by Kiyoko Mitsuyama

Chinese Art and the Technology of Enchantment, by Shane McCausland

The Development of Buddhist Art in India, by Fiona Buckee


Image (detail): Parviz Tanavoli (Iran, b. 1937), Man the Sculpture II, 2001. Painting on lithographed page; gouache and ink on paper; 22 x 16 cm. Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum, 2016,6053.1

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