Global Premodern Studies Lecture Series - A Perchuk
|Date||November 17, 2021 6:00 PM–8:00 PM|
|Location||Broome Library 2325|
Slavery, Gender, and the Image in Medieval Islam
Dr. Lamia Balafrej, Associate Professor, Arts of the Islamic World
University of California Los Angeles
Images of female slaves abound in medieval Islamic art, whether in manuscript painting or on portable objects; they depict servants, musicians, dancers, or concubines. Free women, by contrast, were seldom represented, a discrepancy that has received little scholarly attention. Why this emphasis on the enslaved in medieval Islamic art, and what was unfree women's role in visual representation?
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