Beauty and Islamic Theology: interview

I translated questions written by Dr. Bilal Badat and interviewed Prof. José Miguel Puerta Vílchez, Professor of Art History at Granada University. The interview forms part of a documentary series that explores “Beauty and Islamic Theology” from multiple angles, a joint research program of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen and the Chair of Islamic Religious Studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The interview relates to Professor Vilchez’ 2017 publication ‘Aesthetics in Arabic Thought; From Pre-Islamic Arabic Through Al-Andalus’, published by Brill.

As stated by Dr. Bilal Badat, the questions explored in the video (in Spanish, with English subtitles) include: “What is the nature and significance of beauty in Islamic theology and intellectual thought? To what extent did theological, philosophical, and mystical ideas inform the production and reception of Islamic material culture?”

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