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Islamic Paintings of the Prophet Muhammad Are an Important Piece of History – Here’s Why Art Historians Teach Them

January 9, 2023


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5-15 mins
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Presented by The Conversation

In an article for The Conversation, Christiane Gruber, a professor of Islamic art at the University of Michigan, discusses the importance of teaching paintings of the Prophet Muhammad. The recent firing of a professor from Hamline University for showing two historical Islamic paintings of the Prophet Muhammad in her global survey of art history has ignited a debate. Gruber outlines the debate surrounding the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad and why she teaches using the images.

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