Mosque: Innovation in Object, Form and Function

The Museum at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) is dedicated to supporting the study and teaching of the history, art and architecture of Islamic cultures both in Saudi Arabia and beyond. Ithra also connects colleagues engaged in scholarly and professional activities related to these topics, and provides information about current programs and resources vital to the ongoing development of the discipline.

Ithra and the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture are thus collaborating to present a three-day international conference on the study of the mosque to accompany Ithra’s exhibition Shatr Almasjid; the Art of Orientation. The conference aims to address the historic evolution, meanings and functions of the mosque.

To provide new and fresh perspectives, this conference brings together broad range of scholars: art historians, curators, artists, architects and philosophers. They were selected both for their in-depth knowledge about particular types of mosques, objects or themes, and their elegant and thought-provoking insight into more general aspects of premodern Islamic culture related to the mosque.

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Dates & Location

Wednesday 24th - 25th November, 2021

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English, Arabic

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Speakers

SAMI ANGAWI

DR. SAMI ANGAWI is the founder and director of the Hajj Research Center, which he established in 1975. He was also the founder and general director of…

OMNIYA ABDEL BARR

DR OMNIYA ABDEL BARR is an architect specialised in Islamic art and architecture. She has experience in urban conservation, monument restoration and…

ABDULLAH ALKADI

PROF. ABDULLAH AL KADI, is vice-president for development, studies and communication services at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (University of…

MICHAEL FRISHKOPF

MICHAEL FRISHKOPF, PhD (frishkopf.org), is professor of music and director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, adjunct professor of medicine,…

VALÉRIE GONZALEZ

VALÉRIE GONZALEZ is research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London. She is a specialist in Islamic art history,…

ERIC BROUG

Eric Broug is an author/educator/artist, specialised in Islamic geometric design. He is based in the UK, from where he runs his design consultancy…

CAROLE HILLENBRAND

PROFESSOR CAROLE HILLENBRAND was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh and has spent most of her career teaching Arabic and Islamic History at…

RUBA KANA’AN

RUBA KANA’AN (DPhil, Oxon) teaches Islamic art and architecture at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research and publications focus on the…

MONA ALJALHAMI

MONA ALJALHAMI is the Assistant Curator of Islamic Arts at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). Her work revolves around the research…

ROBERT HILLENBRAND

PROFESSOR ROBERT HILLENBRAND was educated at Cambridge and Oxford and has spent most of his career teaching at the University of Edinburgh, with…

STEFANO CARBONI

DR. STEFANO CARBONI is currently the CEO of the Museums Commission of the Saudi Ministry of Culture. He has served previously as director and CEO of…

MOHAMED ABD EL-SALAM

MOHAMED ABD EL-SALAM is deputy director of the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, where he is curator of the textiles and carpets department. He holds a…

STEFAN WEBER

PROFESSOR DR STEFAN WEBER is the director of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon in Berlin. Previously, he was assistant professor of material…

MOUNIA CHEKHAB-ABUDAYA

DR MOUNIA CHEKHAB-ABUDAYA is the curator for North Africa and Iberia at the Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, Qatar. She completed her PhD in Islamic…

YANNICK LINTZ

YANNICK LINTZ, Ph.D. in Achaemenid History, from Sorbonne University, has been director of the Islamic Art Department in the Louvre Museum since 2013.…

MINWER AL-MEHEID

DR. MINWER AL-MEHEID is an accomplished project manager with a particular emphasis on architectural engineering and design. He started his varied…

THALIA KENNEDY

DR. THALIA KENNEDY is Creative Director of the conservation body Turquoise Mountain. After starting her career in the London art world, Thalia…

ABDUL KARIM CRITES

ABDUL KARIM CRITES, an American art historian, has lived, researched and worked in India and across the Islamic world for more than 50 years. His…

HARIS DERVIŠEVIĆ

HARIS DERVIŠEVIĆ is head of the department of history of art at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also teaches at the faculty of…

KATYA NOSYREVA

Following her undergraduate studies at Camberwell College of Arts, England, where she specialized in ceramics, KATYA NOSYREVA undertook…

JOACHIM GIERLICHS

JOACHIM GIERLICHS, Ph.D., is an independent scholar, curator, and consultant in exhibition and museum planning, currently working as curatorial and…

RASEM BADRAN

Dr. Rasem Badran, received his degree in architecture from the University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany. Holds an honorary PhD in Architectural…

NOOSHIN SHAFIEI

NOOSHIN SHAFIEI is an artist and educator. Her research and teaching are focused on traditional arts and how she applies this in modern life. Her…