So That You Know Each Other
Intercultural Reflections on
Art, Beauty, and Islam
This program, presented on December 6, 2015, explored historic and contemporary approaches to Islamic art, from perspectives both within and outside of Islam. The guiding concept of the program was interculturality.
When people from two different cultures first meet, they cannot help but consider each other from within their own cultural frameworks and biases. However, if they undertake a process of self-reflection, questioning their taken-for-granted assumptions and allowing that the other party has their own culture and assumptions, then an intercultural exchange can take place.
At their best, intercultural exchanges can lead to imaginative adaptations, innovative perspectives, and creative change, qualities exemplified by the art of Salma Arastu.