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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World


Thursday, November 14, 2013


06:30 PM–08:30 PM

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is a fascinating, 90 minute journey through 1,400 years of cultural history.  This documentary by Baltimore filmmaker Robert Gardner sheds light on the history of the Islamic world and on Islamic society today.  Join us for this special film screening and post-film discussion with professors from Towson University and Goucher College.


Kimberly Katz is an Associate Professor in Towson University’s Department of History. She received her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University in 2001. She has published two books: “A Young Palestinian’s Diary, 1941-1945: The Life of Sami ‘Amr,” and “Jordanian Jerusalem: Holy Places and National Spaces”. She also taught a course titled, “Cities in the Arab World:  A Film Survey” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Towson University.

Robert Tappan is an Assistant Professor in Towson University’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies: Islamic Studies from the University of Virginia in 2011.  He teaches courses on Islam, with emphases on contemporary Islam and Iran.

Sanaullah Kirmani is an adjunct professor in Goucher College’s Department of History and Peace Studies and has taught for Towson University’s Philosophy and Religious Studies Department and History Department.  He has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University and his areas of expertise are Islamic spirituality and interfaith dialogue. He also serves as the Religious Advisor to Muslim Students at Towson University.

This program is part of the Muslim Journeys project.  The Muslim Journeys project is jointly produced by National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University and American Library Association Public Programs Office. Support for this program was provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.