Symposium: Islam and Contested Visual Culture

20 January, 2023

Please join us on 14 February for the one-day symposium Islam and Contested Visual Culture! This event is open to the public.

Jamal Elias (University of Pennsylvania) will speak about images, emotions, and outrage. Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan) will present her latest work on imaging Islam in virtual reality. There will be a book presentation of the forthcoming volume Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam, and from our department presentations by colleagues Arash Ghajarjazi and Asghar Seyed-Gohrab on visual culture and Omar Khayyam.

Please register by sending an e-mail to Pooyan Tamimi Arab ( See below for the programme.


Public Programme 14 February

13:00–13:10 Welcome

13:10–13:30 Introduction: Pictures That Divide

Pooyan Tamimi Arab

13:30–14:30 Images, Emotions and Outrage: Struggles in Self Representation and Meaning Making

Jamal J. Elias

14:30–15:00 Book Presentation: Provocative Images in Contemporary Islam

David Kloos, Leonie Schmidt, Mark Westmoreland, and Bart Barendregt

15:00–15:15 Coffee break

15:15–16:00 Visualisation of ʿUmar Khayyām’s Quatrains in the Late 19th Century

Arash Ghajarjazi

16:00–16:45 ‘And Thou beside me singing in the Wilderness’: The Beloved’s Gender in Word and Image

Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

16:45–17:00 Coffee break

17:00–18:00 Mosques, Museums, and the Metaverse: Imaging Islam in a Virtual Reality

Christiane Gruber

18:00–18:45 Drinks


Date: February 14, 2023

Time: 13:00–18:00

Venue: Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal

Utrecht University