Student Series! Jerusalem

Jerusalem, considered one of the holiest city in the entire world has long been divided over three of the world’s major religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Dome of the Rock contains the Foundation Stone which is important to all three religions as the traditional site of the Sacrifice of Isaac. Although these religions have a [...]

Book Review! Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

In preparation to delve into teaching Islam I did some reading specifically focusing on women in Islam because that always seems to be of great interest to my largely female Humanities classes. The first book I picked up, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson, was so incredibly [...]

Student Series! Islam & The Five Pillars

Today is the introduction to Islam in my Humanities class and they are reading an article on the Five Pillars. What a better day than to show case one of my previous student's blog posts on that exact topic! JMF   Islam is the second largest religion in the world, with about 1.5 billion followers [...]

Writing & Art

Writing can be the art itself, or it can accompany the art, assisting in its interpretation and narrative. Utilizing writing in art allows the informed audience to add a deeper layer of meaning to the piece. The Vienna Genesis (below) is an example of writing complementing the art in which the writing coincides with the vignette shown. [...]

Pilgrimage in Art History

Looking back on Art History the aspect of pilgrimage is one that provides a distinctive form and function to religious practices and structures. Here are some of the most notable buildings in the art history curriculum: Chavin de Huantar, Peru Most pilgrimage sites are located at some holy ground and Chavin is no different; it [...]