Stories of the prophets from the Old and New Testaments have had a long history of illustration in Islamic painting traditions. Drawing from accounts in the Qur’an and other sources in Islamic literature, scholars, poets, historians and storytellers developed new texts on the lives of the prophets. These texts were often accompanied by paintings. Dr. Robert Hillenbrand will explore the richness of some of these literary and artistic traditions.
Poet, author and filmmaker Michael Wolfe shares personal stories from his journeys to the Arabian Peninsula. A critically acclaimed filmmaker, Wolfe hosted an inside account of the hajj (pilgrimage) for Ted Koppel’s “Nightline” on ABC during Wolfe’s pilgrimage to Mecca in 1997.