Lecture on: Women in Islamic Art

Embassy of Egypt
Cultural and Educational Bureau
Washington, DC

Cordially invites you to a lecture on:

Women in Islamic Art

Presented by:

 Dr. Heba AbdelNaby
Professor of Islamic Archeology
Alexandria University, Egypt

Although Islamic art is generally considered as non-figural art, figural decorative themes were witnessed in Islamic art in various periods and regions. Women occupied a prominent place in the figural representation of Islamic art. They were usually depicted in a hedonist context, as musicians and dancers in various poses and performing various activities. They were also represented as aristocratic women; either in outdoor scene or performing indoor activity. Moreover, Coptic scenes included a considerable number of representations of Virgin Mary and priestesses. The lecture is aiming to present a variety of representations of women in Islamic art. Moreover, it tries to explain aspects that could be concluded from such scenes such as styles of clothes, hairstyles, standards of beauty and norms of the society.


Friday, Feb 17 th, 2017 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)

Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau

1303 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

A reception will follow