Art in Islam and Christianity
Speakers: Dr. Adil Ozdemir and Dr. Terry Nichols, Co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center
Monday, April 11, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dr. Adil Ozdemir Dr. Terry Nichols
As a part of the Interfaith art pARTners festival, Dr. Adil Ozdemir and Dr. Terry Nichols, Co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, discussed the role of art in Islam and Christianity. Both Islam and Christianity use various forms of art to communicate the glory and presence of God. But the understanding of art, and the way it is used, differs somewhat in each tradition. This discussion explored both the similarities and the differences in the use of art in Islam and Christianity.
Interfaith art pARTners is a collaborative festival of Twin Cities institutions who come together to promote the arts as a catalyst for conversation within the context of faith and spirituality. The goal of this collaboration is to advance an understanding of the diverse communities, cultures, faith traditions, and spiritual beliefs in the broader community.
A variety of museums, places of worship, historical societies, performing art organizations, and colleges each participated through individual exhibitions and programming as they expressed their unique stories through various art forms. The festival ran throughout late winter and spring of 2011.