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Islamic Art Historian to speak at Georgia Southern

Book published by Caroline Williams

Book published by Caroline Williams

Traveling the around the world, Caroline Williams has photographed and studied art and architecture in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, as well as Egypt. On Wednesday, November 6, Williams will visit Georgia Southern University to share her knowledge of the spiritual dimension of Islamic art.

Join the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at 5:30 p.m. in room 2071 of the University’s Visual Arts Building, located at 223 Pittman Drive, to hear Williams speak first-hand about her experience of the Islamic art traditions and religious context. Following the lecture, a reception featuring traditional Arabic cuisine will be held. This event is free and open to the public.

Unlike that of many world faiths, Islamic religious artwork is non-figural. Muslim mosques are beautified with inscriptions and rhythmic linear and geometrical patterns. Williams will discuss how this detailed yet abstract decoration possesses evocative meaning to the Islamic faith.

“William’s scholarship, grace and generous nature make her one of our most valuable and cherished colleagues in the field of Islamic Studies,” said Art History Professor Dr. Tiffanie Townsend. “I am honored that she has accepted Georgia Southern’s invitation to speak, and I know that our students, faculty and staff, as well as the Statesboro community will benefit greatly from this opportunity to meet her and learn from her, as I have.”

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, Caroline Williams (MA, Middle East Studies, Harvard University, 1966; MA, Islamic Art and Architecture, American University in Cairo, 1971) alternated between Cairo, where she concentrated on the architecture and urban transformations of Cairo, and Austin, Texas where she taught courses that incorporated her fieldwork at the University’s Middle East Center.

Williams is currently an adjunct lecturer at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a consultant for auction houses on Egyptian views and subjects. She published Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide (6th edition, 2008), and a video/DVD which describes Cairo’s Islamic heritage in a three part presentation.

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University is committed to offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students to become professional artists, designers, art historians & industry executives. As an accredited member National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and pending accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications (ACCGC), the department offers a comprehensive curriculum encompassing the practical, theoretical and historical aspects of the visual arts. For more information about the department, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/art.

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