Author Soganci, Ismail Ozgur
Title An interdisciplinary study of problematizing a curricular muteness: Figurative representation in Islam and Turkish art education
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Descript 330 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-02, Section: A, page: 0454
Adviser: Mary Stokrocki
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Arizona State University, 2005
Despite various conflicting assertions in mass media; religious literature and daily conversations, Turkish art education, on curricular, instructional and research levels, remains mute on the issue of "the lawfulness of figurative representation" in Islamic cultures. By reviewing the history of aniconism, the avoidance of naturalistic figurative representation in the Turkish context, and presenting an overview of the transition from the visual traditions of the Ottoman Era to the Eurocentric practices of the Republic Era, I problematize the choices that shaped the current negligent attitude of Turkish art schooling toward the historically rooted aniconic tendencies. I include an interdisciplinary overview of the origins of aniconism in the general cultural context of Islam which intents to serve as an expansive knowledge base upon which art educators can build scenarios for relevant instruction. Through in-depth conversational interviews with ten middle school students from differing cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds, I provide readers with a qualitative account of student understandings on figurative art in relation to various understandings of Islam in Turkey. This account gives rise to multiple implications for art education practice and research derived from particular findings in the interview conversations and deduced from broader cultural, religious, and political constructs that operate in the Turkish context. The main implication I emphasize is that connections between contemporary visual culture and historically rooted aniconic tendencies are critically important if students are to develop an understanding of the richness and complexity of their visual world while avoiding stereotypical beliefs. Consequently, through conceptual and practical recommendations on how to approach old visual traditions. I invite art educators in Turkey and in the global context to include contextually relevant information on aniconism in their instruction
School code: 0010
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 66-02A
Subject Education, Art
Art History
Alt Author Arizona State University