Christiane Gruber is professor of Islamic art in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan and founding director of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online. Her essays have appeared in Newsweek, The Conversation and Prospect Magazine, and her research has been published in a number of academic journals.
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The Hamline furore underscores how critical it is to liberate historical Islamic art from today's polarized politics, in the interests of students and the overarching scholarly quest for knowledge.
An instructor who showed an Islamic painting during a visual analysis was publicly impugned for hate speech and dismissed without due process. As a scholar specializing in representations of the Prophet Muhammad, it is my duty to share accurate information about the painting at the heart of the controversy.
New digital technologies like VR, holograms and immersive museums make it possible for Muslims to go on a virtual pilgrimage (or “v-hajj”), echoing a long tradition of hajj tourism products that persist despite provoking backlash from religious authorities who wish to preserve the “authentic” pilgrimage celebration.