The Aesthetics of Commemoration: The Mausoleum of Imam Al-Shafi’i over 800 years
14 March 2019 - 17 May 2019
Imam al-Shafi’i – a famous writer, theologian and scholar in Islamic history. His legacy on juridical teachings led to the Shafi’i school of fiqh.
This exhibition details the architectural influences of the Imam’s Mausoleum. The photographs on display highlight the versatility of architecture expressed over the centuries.
Through over 30 photographs, the exhibition also pays tribute to the lasting memory and relevance of Imam Al-Shafi’i and his scholarship.
More about Imam Al-Shafi’i
Imam Al-Shafi’i is the founder of one of four schools of jurisprudence which constitute Islamic legal theory. His place of nativity is in dispute but it is believed Gaza, Palestine is his most likely place of birth.
His paternal genealogy suggests he is related to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is also believed his mother is a descendant of one of the Prophet’s cousins. As such, this hallowed lineage may contribute to the popularity the Shafi’i school of jurisprudence continues to enjoy among diverse Muslim communities.