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Clothing the Caliphate: Dress Cultures of the Early Islamic Period


Harvard Art Museums

Drawing of two men on either side of a plant with Arabic writing above and below them.

In conjunction with Social Fabrics, Jochen Sokoly will give an in-person lecture on styles of dress during the early Islamic period.

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Free admission, but seating is limited. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form beginning on Sunday, April 10, after 10am.


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  • In-person only.

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Neighborhood 9

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Dates and Times

.: Wed, April 20 2022 6PM – 8:30PM.

After the lecture, guests are invited to visit the Social Fabrics exhibition on Level 3, until 8:30pm.

Additional information

In this lecture, professor Jochen Sokoly will look at the clothing worn in the time of the early Islamic caliphates—between the 7th and 11th centuries—and consider the various cultural influences that shaped it. A brief introduction to the exhibition Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs will also be presented.

Drawing of two men on either side of a plant with Arabic writing above and below them.

.: Wed, April 20 2022 6PM – 8:30PM.

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Harvard Art Museums

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Last updated April 1, 2022.