Robert Hillenbrand, of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, will deliver a lecture, “Christian images in Muslim dress: pictures of the Prophet Muhammad in the World History of Rashid al-Din,” at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, in Room 142, Adorjan Hall.
Hillenbrand is currently in residence at SLU as a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow. He is professor emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh and professorial fellow at the University of St. Andrews. His publications include more than 150 articles and numerous books, including Islamic Art and Architecture (Thames and Hudson, 1998), Islamic Architecture: Form, Function, and Meaning (Columbia, 2004), The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi, 2010), and Studies in the Islamic Arts of the Book (Pindar, 2012). He has received the Alice David Hitchcock Medallion of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and is a fellow of the British Academy. In 2006, he was awarded the Book of the Year prize of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his work, Shahnama: The Visual Language of the Book of Kings.
A reception will follow the lecture.