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EPISODE TWO: A Contemporary Tradition

In this episode we explore what it means to make Islamic art which is both traditional and contemporary. How are artists reimagining these centuries old practices in the present day, and how do we balance innovation with preservation?

Featured in this Episode

Gillian Turnham

Paul Barchilon
Barchilon Ceramics on Etsy

Adam Williamson

Ameet Hindocha


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

Art of Islam: language and meaning
by: Titus Burckhardt

Islamic Art and Spirituality
by: Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Reference Images

Persian style muqarnas from the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.

Moroccan style zeliij tile pattern featuring a central forty-eight pointed star.

Mamluk tile mosaic now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

The Taj Mahal palace in Agra, India. The most famous example of Mughal style architecture.

Contemporary ceramic tiles produced by Paul Barchilon.

Close up of one of the dual-level tile patterns in the Real Alcazar of Seville

Contemporary geometric deconstruction artwork by Gillian Turnham, featuring analysis of a carved stucco pattern from the Court of Lions, Alhambra palace, Granada, Spain.

Example of contemporary mosque designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.

Carved stucco relief sculpture by Adam Williamson, based on a traditional Islamic geometric pattern.

Islamic geometry digital animation by Ameet Hindocha, available now as an NFT