The Aura of Alif

Calligraphy in Islam

Die Aura des Alif

Wednesday, 29 September 2010 - 6:00pm


Lecture Hall 0.117
Rosenheimer Straße 5
81667 München

0049-[0]89/44 47 80-50/-52

6,- €

PD Dr. Jürgen Wasim Frembgen, Head of the Oriental Department at the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich

In Islam, Arabic script, the written vehicle of the revelations of God, is of central religious and cultural importance. Consequently, Arabic calligraphy became the preeminent art form. The Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, has a special mystic quality and is symbolic of God’s wisdom. This lecture takes place before the Museum of Ethnology’s exhibition on The Aura of Alif.

Organisers: Munich Adult Education Centre [Münchner Volkshochschule], State Museum of Ethnology, Munich, Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich