Dr. Alisa Eimen presents 'The Question of Muslim Sacred Space in 21st-Century Germany'

Sacred Space: 2016-2017 Department of Art History Speaker Series

Date & Time:

Friday, December 2, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium

Please join us as Dr. Alisa Eimen, Professor of Art History at Minnesota State University, Mankato, presents ‘The Question of Muslim Sacred Space in 21st-Century Germany.’

What makes a space sacred? Is it the space, the ritual it shelters, an intersection of these things? In the case of the mosque, the central locus of communal worship in Islam, dome and minaret have become nearly axiomatic elements, signaling Muslim sacred space. Thus twentieth-century attempts at modernizing the mosque and its forms have been slow to alter tradition. By focusing on recent German mosques, this paper will consider the role these forms play in communicating the sacred, demonstrating that they convey important lessons to the worshipper about history, memory, ritual practice, and even help generate attachment to place.

Alisa Eimen is Professor of Art History at Minnesota State, Mankato. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where she specialized in Islamic art. While completing her Ph.D., she earned an M.Phil. from the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (Leiden, Netherlands). Her research interests focus on the ways in which identity and memory shape art and architecture, and she has published on Iranian, Indian, and German architecture.

Top image: Khadija Mosque, Berlin, Germany, Public Domain Image, Wikimedia Commons

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