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Author: Ayesha Jalal

Jalal is a professor of history at Tufts University and a member of Newsweek Pakistan’s advisory board. This essay has been adapted from her Barbara Stoler Miller lecture, Striving for Beauty: Poetics and Ethics in Muslim History, given at Columbia University this April.

Posts by Ayesha Jalal

Tughra or the official signature of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, circa 1555-60.

In Search of Divine Truth

Striving for beauty through proximity to God is a theme that has always permeated Muslim poetry in different historical contexts. Here’s a look at poetics and ethics in Islamic art. Let the beauty…

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