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Exploring the Decorative Arts of the Islamic World Christopher Bradley Thursday 07 February 2019

The day will start with a brief explanation of the beginnings of Islam and its spread from Arabia to Central Asia and north Africa.  As well as exploring the differences between Sunni and Shia art, Christopher will explain the importance of calligraphy and the written word in Islamic culture.

The second session concentrates on the architecture of Islam; not just the mosques, minarets and madrassas in the important centres of Damascus, Cairo, and Samarkand, but the royal palaces and pavilions of Iran and Moorish Spain and the commercial buildings that supported their trading empires – the caravanserais of the Silk Road, ribats of Tunisia and the bazaars of Isfahan and Fez. 

Decorative art will be examined in the last session, with the development of ceramics, glazed tiles and mosaics, woodwork, metalwork, the art of the miniaturist, carpet design and manufacture; all illustrated with the finest objects from the best collections and museums around the world

Our speaker, Christopher Bradley, is an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.  As a professional tour guide and lecturer he has led groups throughout the Middle East and Asia. He has written extensively on Arabia and is the author of The Discovery Guide to Yemen, Insight Guide to the Silk Road and Berlitz Guides to Libya; The Red Sea; Cairo; Abu Dhabi and Nile Cruising.  As a photographer he has pictures represented by four photographic libraries.  As a film producer and cameraman he has made documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic TV and Channel 4.

The meeting will be in the Dinant Room at Spotlight, Broxbourne, EN11 8BE - 10am (for 10.30 start) – 3pm

To reserve a place you can download a Booking Form by clicking here and emailing the completed form to Sue Rogers at; or posting it to her at Holwell Manor, Holwell Lane, Essendon, Herts AL9 5RG.  Alternatively you can phone her on 07887 792120 or speak to her at the January Lecture day.

The cost is £25 which includes coffee to start with and a sandwich lunch