The Human Figure in Islamic Art - The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Human Figure in Islamic Art

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The Human Figure in Islamic Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

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Speakers include

  • Dr Joachim Meyer - The David Collection
  • Dr Tim Winter - University of Cambridge

Organised by

  • Dr Scott Nethersole - The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Prof. Ben Quash - King's College, London
Open to all, free admission

Places are limited and will be available on a first-come first-served basis.

In a pair of short lectures, Dr Joachim Meyer and Dr Tim Winter will explore the theme of ‘The Human Figure in Islamic Art’ from two different disciplinary perspectives, followed a discussion.


Dr Meyer is a curator at the David Collection in Copenhagen, where recently he staged an exhibition on ‘The Human Figure in Islamic Art – Holy Men, Princes, and Commoners’ (23 November 2017 – 13 May 2018), which has provided the impetus for this seminar.  He is the author of numerous books and articles on Islamic art.


Dr Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, which he helped to found. His academic publications include many articles on Islamic theology and Muslim-Christian relations, and two books in Turkish on political theology. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (2008), and has been described by The Independent as ‘Britain’s most influential Muslim’.

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