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Islamic Art and Architecture Focus of CCC/UPenn Lecture Series


Five visiting scholars will offer a multifaceted view of the arts in Islamic culture when Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility presents a free public lecture series in partnership with the Penn Museum’s International Classroom Program, the Penn Middle East Center and the American Research Institute in Turkey. The series will run in March, April and May.

“The Arts and Islamic Culture” will present the wide range of Islamic art and architecture that is in existence. It also will foster understanding of visual imagery in diverse Muslim contexts.

Each lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Civic Hall, which is inside the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

Scheduled are:

● March 11: “Religious Art, Perception and Practice in Islam” with Jamal Elias of the University of Pennsylvania.

● April 15: “Past in Present: Building in the Islamic World Today” with Renata Holod of the University of Pennsylvania.

● April 22: “Luxurious Layers: An Exploration of Islamic Textiles” with Rose Muravchick of the University of Pennsylvania. 

● April 29: “Archaeology, Religion and Culture” with Uzma Z. Rizvi of the Pratt Institute.

● May 6: “Art of the Qur'an: Writing and Ornamenting the Divine Word” with Yael Rice of Amherst College and Hampshire College.

The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Teachers who attend may earn New Jersey professional development credit.

Detailed descriptions of the presentations are available at To register to attend, contact (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or

Published: March 09, 2013