Over the course of the 20th century, the art historical investigation of a field designated as "Islamic" addressed various audiences with differing purposes. This palimpsest of objectives has become the inheritance of a discipline rethinking its identity in the context of the 21st century. Addressing issues such as aestheticism, heritage, nationalism, secularism, Islam, and Islamophobia, this presentation will discuss the public roles and methods of a discipline changing from within and without.
Lecture given by Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw (Professor of the History of Art in Islamic Cultures, Free University, Berlin)
The lecture series on Cultures of Islam 2021: Cultural Heritage is organized by the Munich Center for the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Central Asia at LMU in collaboration with the Society of Friends of Islamic Art and Culture (Gesellschaft der Freunde Islamischer Kunst und Kultur e.V.) and the German-Turkish Association in Bavaria (Deutsch-Türkische Gesellschaft Bayern e.V.).