March 5: Khayal, Imagining Islam in Music and Art

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The Program in Islamic Studies at Johns Hopkins University invites you on Friday March 5, 1-2:30 PM to Khayal, a series of short videos profiling artists and musicians in our contemporary world who engage with Islamic theology and its aesthetic tradition in their craft. 

Khayal means “imagination” in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, and in India and Pakistan describes a style of classical music that allows more improvisation and ornamentation than other styles. It is characterized by generally short songs of two to eight lines that are often based on themes of romantic or divine love. Like the musical style, the Khayal video series is composed of short fragments that touch on the theme of the divine, and the love with which these artists and musicians approach the process of creation.


  • Juan Ibrahim Castrillon, Ethnomusicologist, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Dan Talib Latif Flounders, Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
  • Zeb Bangash, Musician, Lahore/Baltimore


  • Homayra Ziad, Johns Hopkins University
  • Niloofar Haeri, Johns Hopkins University

Videos by:

Arpan Roy, Johns Hopkins University 

FRIDAY March 5, 1.2:30 PM