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The Silent Theology of Islamic Art

Join us on Sunday, December 17, 2017, for a lively, on-stage conversation with a scholar, a calligrapher, and a designer

To represent our faith, is it better to show, than to tell?

The Islamic arts once represented our tradition as much as theology and law, but today these arts have been sadly neglected. In an age when Muslims increasingly feel compelled to clarify, and even defend, their faith, can we rely again on the arts to communicate the beauty and truth of revelation?

Reception and Pop-Up Art Store: 2pm to 3pm

Program and Livestream begin: 3pm PST (Please return to this page for the livestream.)

Venue: Zaytuna College, Berkeley, California

This is a free event and we are grateful to the Islamic Art Exhibit and the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley for co-sponsoring this event. 

Read the Renovatio article that inspires this event.


Oludamini Ogunnaike

Oludamini Ogunnaike

Oludamini Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of religious studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. His research interests include the philosophical dimensions of postcolonial, colonial, and pre-colonial Islamic and indigenous religious traditions of West and North Africa.

Elinor Aishah Holland

Elinor Aishah Holland

Elinor Aishah Holland is a New York-based freelance lettering artist in Latin and Arabic scripts and received her ijazah (license) in the thuluth and naskh scripts from master scribe Mohamed Zakariya. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institute, the NY Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Zaytuna College.

Ian Whiteman

Ian Whiteman

Ian Whiteman is a designer, calligrapher, and musician who resides in Andalusia, Spain. He studied architecture and performed professionally as a musician in England before embarking on a career in book, graphic, and typographic design. He has been the primary print designer for Zaytuna since its founding and also serves as an architectural consultant for the new Cambridge Mosque currently under construction in the United Kingdom.