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