Islamic art film screening and panel on August 29th

Join CAIR-Chicago in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) for a film screening and panel discussion of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a documentary film narrated by Susan Sarandon.


The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East.

A post-screening panel will discuss the film’s themes including how art and other cultural means can become starting points to become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S. Read a review of the film here.

WHAT: “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” film screening and panel discussion.

WHO: Scott C. Alexander (Moderator) is Associate Professor of Islam at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program.

Dr. Marcia Hermansen is Director of the Islamic World Studies Program and Professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago.

Asad Jafri is the former Director of Arts and Culture at the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN).

Omer Mozaffar is an Adjunct Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago.

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer is currently an assistant professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Purdue University.

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Azima Center at CAIR-Chicago, 17 N State St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL, 60602-3295

COST: This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and can be made online, via email at, or via phone at 312.422.5580.

Find more information about the panelists here.