Scripture & Arts Lecture: "Alef is for Allah"

Starts:
5:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019
Ends:
7:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019
Address:
Center for Jewish Studies (147 Bay State Road)
Room:
JCS 201
Contact Organization:
Scripture & Arts (BU Department of Religious Studies)
Contact Name:
Lydia Cosculluela
Fees:
free
Speakers:
Jamal Elias, Professor of Religious Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at UPENN
Audience:
public
Using a wide range of visual and written sources, Elias will investigate childhood in the modern Islamic world and explore the way concepts of innocence and cuteness influence social understandings of ethics, morality, and community. Focusing primarily on visual representations of children from modern Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan, he will discuss important questions of gender, virtue, and devotion, as well as community, nationhood, violence, and sacrifice. In exploring a subject that has never been studied comparatively before, Elias will attempt to extend the boundaries of our understanding of emotion, religion, and visual culture and provide unique insight into Islam as it is lived and experienced in the modern world.