The course examines the history of relations between the Islamic world and the West via art history and visual culture. Its aim is to put Islamophobia in historical perspective— from the birth of Islam through the 1453 conquest of Constantinople to the impact of 19th century European colonialism. We will see that, aside from tensions, the history of art and visual culture contains countless examples of dialogue and mutual influence.
Simon Kenrick has art history degrees from Cambridge (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A. and Ph.D.), taught for 15 years in colleges in the LA region, specializing in Islamic art and architecture, and for Road Scholar for 20 years. He has been involved in cultural activism in England, France, Morocco, and California, and is currently developing a museum tour start-up, GLOBALeyes.