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EPISODE THREE: Unity and Diversity

How cohesive is Islamic art across regions and throughout time? How do we as contemporary Islamic artists relate to the concept of cultural variety, and how can we avoid cultural appropriation?

Featured in this Episode

Gillian Turnham

Eman Hijazi

Samira Mian


This programme was broadcast through the facilities of Trent Radio 92.7 CFFF FM, as part of Your Radio Is Their Stage, a project funded by The Community Radio Fund of Canada.

This episode was originally broadcast at 18:30 on Sunday Feb 6, 2022


Host - Gillian Turnham
Trent Radio Mentor and Liaison - Laurel Palluck
Technical Support - Michael Morritt


"Muslim" by Serge Quadrado
Obtained from freemusicarchive.org in 2022
Licenced under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)

"Ramadan" by BGMusiclab
Obtained from Soundcloud.com in 2022
Licenced under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Further Reading

Les elements de l’art arabe
Joules Bourgoin, 1879

Islamic Geometry: An Analytical and Cosmological Approach
Keith Critchlow, Thames and Hudson, 1976


Art of Islamic Pattern website
Official Website of Richard Henry

Reference Images

Some of the main styles of calligraphic script used in Islamic calligraphy

Study of Islamic geometry, biomorph, and calligraphy by French scholar Jules Bourgoin

Artwork from Mughal India demonstrating the blend of styles between Persian, Hindu, and European influences