Trapped between Poetry and Politics: The Paradox of Wine in Islamic Cultures
Presented by author, scholar, and collector Abolala Soudavar
In many societies, wine is an instrument of joy and a ceremonial necessity—yet also the subject of hostility and prohibition. In modern-day Islamic nations, the prevailing religious tradition forbids the consumption of wine. At the same time, the popular culture of these countries celebrates wine in poetry, art, fables, and more, as seen in many of the selections from the Hossein Afshar Collection in the exhibition Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands.
In this talk, Abolala Soudavar explores the development of the opposition to wine in Islamic cultures, revealing motives that were not theological, but political.
About the Speaker
Scholar and collector Abolala Soudavar, who served on the MFAH board of trustees accessions committee from 1986 to 1994, is the author of Art of the Persian Courts; The Aura of Kings: Legitimacy and Divine Sanction in Iranian Kingship; and Mithraic Societies: From Brotherhood Ideal to Religion's Adversary.
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• $10 Nonmembers
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