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Icons and Iconoclasm: Religious Imagery in Christianity, Judaism and Islam

February 14, 2010

Bettany Hughes

Another audio recording from events running along with the Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition Listen here. You will have to download but it is only 30 Mb.

In contrast to the polytheistic religions and their exuberant depictions of their many gods, Christianity, Judaism and Islam have distinct reservations about displaying images of their God. This panel discussion explores iconoclasm and why, when and how it happens. Panellists Professor Judith Herrin, King’s College London; Dr Sabiha Al Khemir, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; Professor Philip Alexander, University of Manchester Centre for Jewish Studies explore iconoclasm and why, when and how it happens. Supported by the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise.

The discussion was chaired by historian, writer and broadcaster Bettany Hughes. Dr. Alison Bracker, Events and Lectures Manager, Royal Academy of Arts described her handling of the evening as follows: ‘…Bettany beautifully chaired our Icons and Iconoclasm panel discussion, deftly handling complex issues and a variety of perspectives, and making the links between ideas, issues, and speakers seamless. Her chairmanship contributed greatly to the evening’s success…’ . I have to say I agree. My wife and I attended and I have to say Bettany handled the whole evening with great enthusiasm.

Bettany Hughes also presents episode four of Channel Four’s series ‘The Bible a History’. Bettany’s episode is entitled ‘Daughters of Eve’ and will be broadcast on February 15 2010. You should also be able to view it online post broadcast on Channel Four on Demand

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