Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies S. Brent Plate presented the lecture "Interreligious Dialogue Through Visual Imagery: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Iberia" at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Baker-Nord Humanities Center at Case Western Reserve University on Nov. 17.
Plate's illustrated lecture drew on visual materials to demonstrate that the three Abrahamic religions not only coexisted but entered a symbiotic relationship with each other in the middle ages. Of particular interest is the role of architecture, and the ornamentation found on the walls of sacred sites in the south of Spain. His talk concluded with some notes on coexistence in the modern age, as Jews and Muslims have again found their homes in Spain and struggle to maintain identity in and through visual means.
Plate's lecture was part of a series of events related to the Cleveland Museum's exhibit "Treasures from Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe."