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Introductory Essay: Accessing the Divine Through Artistic Expression

LINK [Word]:  Accessing the Divine Through Artistic Expression – [Please click the link to view the introductory essay] LINK [PDF]: Accessing the Divine Through Artistic Expression – [Please click the link to view the introductory essay]

Sacred Sound

Week 3: God’s Word as Sacred Sound This was my favorite piece to create.  I’ll start by explaining the different audio tracks, and then explain what ties them all together.  I pulled from many audio sources, all of which I can provide as needed. The track consists of sounds from nature, ambient urban traffic sounds, a few musical selections, some voiceover […]

Jazz & Race in the US

Week 13: Islam in the West:  Islamic Hip-Hop, Jazz, & Race in the US This audio project is composed of selections from two versions of the Ballot or the Bullet speech as delivered by Malcolm X (public domain) in 1964 in Ohio played over the jazz piece “Part I: Acknowledgement” from John Coltrane’s “A Love […]

Muslim Women Defining Identity

Week 10: Reform, Revival, and Muslim Women Defining Identity LINK:  Women in Islam  [Please click the link to view the artwork] Scheherazade’s text from this week provides the central theme for this piece: “[Western feminists] were not only blind to the degree of social influence Muslim women actually possessed, but they also failed to consider […]

Muslim Devotional Practices

Week 7:  Muslim Devotion in Local Contexts LINK:  Muslim Devotion in Local Contexts  [Please click link to view the artwork] In response to this week’s readings I decided to create a series of complementary journal entries that exhibit the diverse and often directly contradictory interpretations of the Qur’an, hadith, and the Prophet’s teachings as manifested […]

Cultural Contexts: La Virgen de Guadalupe & Persian Theater

Week 5: Post-Prophetic Authority, communities of interpretation, and Shi’i Piety LINK:  Muslim Devotion in Local Contexts  [Please click the link to view the artwork] This week’s readings focused mostly on the history of Islam after Muhammad’s death and the growing differences in interpretation of the Qur’an and the Prophet’s teachings as the religion spread to […]

Architecture Case Study: Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz

Week 6: The Art, Architecture, Symbolism, and Décor of Mosques LINK: Bab-al-Mardum Architect  [Please click the link to view the art piece] In this pencil and pen sketch, I’ve taken on the persona of the architect of the Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz (then known as Mezquita Bab-al-Mardum), a 10th century mosque built in […]

Mezquita del Cristo de la Luz, Toledo Spain

The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz… [Inside 3D Photo Sphere] The Mosque of Cristo de la Luz…  

Cultural Contexts