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Dealing with Images and Prohibition of Images in Judaism and Islam

Symposium as Part of the Jewish-Islamic Forum

16 May 2014

Program surrounding the special exhibition "The Creation of the World. Illustrated Manuscripts from the Braginsky Collection"

Esther scroll and calligraphy

Esther scroll, Bagdad, around 1850, parchment (left), © Braginsky Collection, Zurich, photo: Ardon Bar-Hama and calligraphy by Hüseyin Kutlu (right), © photo: Arne List


16 May 2014, 10 am - 5 pm


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Gesa Struve
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Are images prohibited in Judaism and Islam? The symposium explores the question of how images have been handled in different eras, regions, and religious currents in Judaism and Islam, how image bans have been theologically justified and what alternative art forms, such as calligraphy, have formed as a result.

Speakers include Emile Schrijver (curator of the exhibition "The Creation of the World"), Silvia Naef (Professor for Arab Cultural History, University of Geneva), Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek (Judaist and curator, Vienna), Doris Behrens-Abouseif (Professor for Islamic Art, University of London) and Frederek Musall (Professor for Jewish Philosophy, College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg).

Conference Program

Here you will find the conference program, abstracts of the presentations, and brief profiles of the speakers.

Selected papers from this symposium are presented in the JMB Journal 12 "Ban on Images."

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