Silvia Naef is a full professor at the University of Geneva Arabic Department and director of the Master in Middle Eastern Studies degree course (MAMO). She is a specialist in modern Arab art and the issue of images in Islam. In her lecture Islam et images - une relation complexe [Islam and images - a complex relationship] , Silvia Naef refutes the theory that Islam is fundamentally hostile to images.
In the text accompanying the lecture, Silvia Naef retraces the history of the relationship between Islam and images from the great pre-modern Muslim empires to the appearance of “modern imagery” from the 19th century onwards. Read the text in French, English or Dutch.
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