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'Christian and Muslim Perspectives on Jerusalem in the Thirteenth Century: The Evidence of Art and Material Culture': CRGC Forum, by Cathleen A. Fleck

Wednesday, 09 November, 2022

Sponsor: Center for Research on Global Catholicism: Research Forum

How can medieval art explain Jerusalem’s centrality in the world faiths of Christianity and Islam? Dr. Fleck (Assoc. Professor of Art History and Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department, Saint Louis University) will present a few case studies from her forthcoming book, Reimagining Jerusalem’s Architectural Identities in the Later Middle Ages(Brill), in which she delves into that topic by examining how Jerusalem was creatively represented and reimagined in several intriguing Christian and Islamic artworks in the later Middle Ages (c. 1187 to 1356).

The book considers how European Catholic crusaders, Eastern Christian sects, and diverse Muslim factions displayed Jerusalem’s architecture to express their interpretation of the holy city’s sanctity and influence. These examples demonstrate how artworks can reflect Jerusalem’s importance to these faiths in the past and illuminate our understanding of its status into the modern era.

The Center for Research on Global Catholicism (CRGC) at Saint Louis University supports scholarship at the nexus of Catholicism and culture, providing robust programming that promotes interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and methodological innovation.

The objectives of the CRGC include advancing knowledge and understanding of global Catholicism and supporting scholars and archives working in the field of global Catholicism by providing resources, community, and opportunities for collaboration. The CRGC is the first Humanities Big Idea project sponsored by the Research Growth Fund at SLU.

It brings together three key components of SLU’s Jesuit history and mission: a legacy of global engagement, a commitment to rigorous academic inquiry, and a focus on social justice. For more information, contact CRGC director, Mary Dunn, Ph.D., at