The Architecture of Coexistence: The Shrines of the ` Alids in Medieval Syria
Dr Stephennie Mulder
Stephennie Mulder will speak on the theme of her award-winning book The Shrines of the ` Alids in Medieval Syria: Sunnis, Shi’is, and the Architecture of Coexistence (published by Edinburgh University Press, paperback edition 2019). This is the first illustrated, architectural history of the ` Alid shrines, deeply endangered by the conflict in Syria. A specialist in Islamic architectural history and archaeology, Mulder has spent years in the field in Syria and throughout the Middle East. Her work includes the conservation of antiquities and cultural heritage sites endangered by war and illegal trafficking, and she is a founder of UT Antiquities Action, a group dedicated to raising awareness of the loss of cultural heritage.