Earthly Reflections of Paradise- Islamic Gardens of Spain, Ottoman Turkey and Beyond

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The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs invites you to a very special event celebrating the Islamic heritage of Spain and the wider Mediterranean Basin. Join us as we explore what is perhaps one of the highest forms of visual expression of Muslim civilization—the art of the Islamic garden. Islamic gardens began from the practical need to organize the surrounding space of human habitation and enhance the Earth’s yield in a harsh environment. From early agricultural endeavors, the Islamic garden evolved to its refined apex in the iconic formal gardens of al-Andalus, Ottoman Turkey, Persia and Mughal India. “Earthly Reflections of Paradise” will lead us on a fascinating journey to discover not only the exquisite beauty of the Islamic garden, but also its deep spiritual symbolism and its place in the history of sacred art. And like all sacred art, the Islamic garden invites the visitor to enter an inner space of reflection, contemplation and transcendence. Featuring Karen Matthews, Iqbal Akhtar, Juan Antonio Bueno, and Aurora Morcillo, with music by Jorge Alfano and Fernando Moraes.

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