Listen to Doris Behrens-Abouseif talk about the concepts of beauty in Islamic art in this new podcast “God is beautiful and loves beauty” produced as part of Arts in Isolation and our Converging Paths Series with Asia House.


Professor Doris Behrens-Abouseif is a world authority on the art and architecture of the Islamic world. She is the former Nasser D Khalili Chair of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. She has been a visiting professor at a range of leading international universities, including Harvard, Bamberg, Berlin, and the American University in Cairo. Her vast range of publications spans the early Islamic period all the way up to the 19th century. Through her work on the study of art and architecture, and her extensive knowledge of medieval chronicles, she has made substantial contributions to the meanings of what we refer to as ‘Islamic Art’. She is a former grantee of The Barakat Trust.

Below, the Ardebil Carpet, made in Iran in 1539-1540 for the Shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din in Ardebil, mentioned by Professor Behrens-Abouseif as being an object of beauty.

Image copyright of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.