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The Moon: Mirror of Faith, Science, and the Arts
with Dr. Christiane Gruber


The Moon: Mirror of Faith, Science, and the Arts
with Dr. Christiane Gruber

Date: Sat, Mar 09, 2019 02:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission (redeem at Ticket Desk)

Don’t miss your chance to hear from Dr. Christiane Gruber — co-curator of The Moon: A Voyage Through Time — on the opening day of the exhibition. Dr. Gruber will delve into the many meanings of the moon within faith, science, and the arts.


As a symbol of love and sacred power, the moon is central to Islamic cultures. Along with the sun, it is known as one of the “two celestial luminaries,” or al-qamaran in Arabic. In its time-keeping role, it regulates the lunar calendar and determines the months of fasting and pilgrimage.


Discover more about our fascination with the moon, and its pivotal role in humanity’s imaginings of that which lies above and beyond.



Dr. Christiane Gruber is Professor of Islamic Art and Associate Chair in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her primary fields of research include Islamic book arts, figural painting, depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, and Islamic ascension texts and images, about which she has written two books and edited a number of volumes. She also pursues research in Islamic book arts, codicology, and paleography, having authored the catalogue of Islamic calligraphies in the Library of Congress, as well as edited a volume of articles on Islamic manuscript traditions. Her third field of specialization is modern Islamic visual and material culture, about which she has written several articles. She also has co-edited several volumes on Islamic and cross-cultural visual cultures. Her third book is entitled The Praiseworthy One: The Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Texts and Images (January, 2019).



The Moon

March 9, 2019 – August 18, 2019


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