Presented by Francesca Leoni, assistant keeper and curator of Islamic art, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, England

Drawing on recent research about occult sciences and associated material culture, the lecture “Art and Shi’ism: Definitions, Evidence, and Challenges” offers a journey through Shi’i art.

This is the inaugural lecture in the newly endowed “Syed Safdar and Samina Kazimi Lecture in Shi`i Studies” presented by the School of Humanities, Rice University.

About the Speaker
Francesca Leoni, the assistant keeper and curator of Islamic art at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford, was previously curator of art of the Islamic worlds at the MFAH. She has held curatorial and research posts at Rice University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from:

Jerold B. Katz Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon G. Dies
Sterling-Turner Foundation
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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
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Texas Commission on the Arts
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Humanities Texas
Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mary Lynn and Steve Marks
John L. Nau III
Strake Foundation
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Isla Carroll Turner Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler
Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Polly and Murry Bowden
Nancy and James Gordon
Lubrizol Foundation
and additional generous donors.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.