Dar al-Athar al-Is­lamiyyah presents Dr. Samir Mah­moud's aca­demic lec­ture

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Last Mon­day, Dr. Samir Mah­moud pre­sented an aca­demic lec­ture in the Yar­mouk Cul­tural Cen­ter as part of Dar al-Athar al-Is­lamiyyah's cul­tural sea­son. The pre­sen­ta­tion was en­ti­tled "New Per­spec­tives on Is­lamic Art: How and Why Does Non-fig­u­ra­tive Art Move Us and Evoke an Emo­tion?" Dur­ing the lec­ture, he drew on some me­dieval Is­lamic tex­tual sources in ad­di­tion to con­tem­po­rary neu­ro­sciences, phe­nomenol­ogy, art his­tory, and psy­chol­ogy to form a di­a­logue across the cen­turies that cen­ters on the per­cep­tual qual­i­ties of non-fig­u­ra­tive art (ge­om­e­try, veg­e­tal mo­tifs, and to a cer­tain ex­tent cal­lig­ra­phy). He will then ex­plore the ques­tion of an Is­lamic pro­hi­bi­tion on cre­at­ing im­ages of liv­ing things from this an­gle.

Dr. Samir Mah­moud is an As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor at the De­part­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Beirut. In 2013-2014 he was An­drew Mel­lon Post­doc­toral Fel­low at the Arts & Hu­man­i­ties Ini­tia­tive at the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Beirut; in 2012-2013 he was Barakat Post­doc­toral Fel­low at the Khalili Cen­ter for Re­search in Art & Ma­te­rial Cul­ture, Univer­sity of Ox­ford and Agha Khan Post­doc­toral Fel­low at MIT in the Fall of 2011-2012. He is the au­thor of sev­eral publi­ca­tions on Is­lamic aes­thet­ics, Is­lamic phi­los­o­phy, and is cur­rently work­ing on two new books.

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