Friday, 01 November, 2019
Title: Guest Lecture, Carole and Robert Hillenbrand - "The Great Age of the Seljuq Turks: History and Art."
Date: Friday, November 1
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pere Marquette Gallery
reception will follow
Description: Carole Hillenbrand has been Islamic Advisory Editor at Edinburgh University Press since 1983 and Editor of the series entitled “Studies in Persian and Turkish History”, published by Routledge since 1999. Among many positions she hasheld,she has been Professor Emerita of Islamic History at Edinburgh since 2008. In 2005 she was awarded the King Faisal Prize for Islamic Studies, 2005 (the first non-Muslim to be awarded this prize). In 2015, she was given the British Society for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Award for Services to Middle Eastern Studies. Her research interests include the Crusades, the Seljuqs of Iran and Turkey, and medieval Muslim political thought, especially the work of al-Ghazali.
Robert Hillenbrand has been teaching at the Department of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh, since 1971 and was awarded a chair of Islamic art in 1989. Professor Hillenbrand retired in December 2007 but is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES). In addition to many other works, he has written the prize-winning Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning(translated into Persian in 1998). He has also published some 120 articles on aspects of Islamic art and architecture. His scholarly interests focus on Islamic architecture, painting and iconography, with particular reference to Iran and to Umayyad Syria.