Unexpected Moments of Pluralism in 'Islamic Art'

November 21, 2019
6:00 pm-7:30 pm | London

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

The third in a series of eight public events on Pluralism and Plurality in Islamic Cultures, co-produced by Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and held in the iconic Aga Khan Centre.

Unexpected Moments of Pluralism in 'Islamic Art’ will look at the sometimes neglected pluralistic stories underpinning the conceptualisation, creation, perusal and dissemination of ‘Islamic art’ objects over the centuries. The talk will discuss a range of artefacts from the Aga Khan Museum collection beyond conventional art-historical explorations, highlighting stories of cross-cultural transmission, convergence, and cross-fertilisation.


Dr Ulrike Al-Khamis is a well-known museum professional and academic in the field of Islamic art, with over 25 years of experience as a curator and senior advisor for museum and cultural projects. She currently serves as Director of Collections and Public Programs at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada. Before coming to Toronto, she worked as Co-Director of the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the UAE from 2007 – 2017. She began her career in Scotland, where she worked as Principal Curator for South Asia and the Middle East at the National Museums of Scotland from 1999 to 2007 and Curator for Muslim Art and Culture at Glasgow Museums from 1994 to 1999. Dr Al-Khamis holds a PhD in Islamic art from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


Dr Stephane Pradines is an archaeologist and Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC).  


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Atrium Conference Room, 1st floor,
Aga Khan Centre,
10 Handyside Street, 
London N1C 4DN