Zain Abdullah, "Visualizing Muslims: The 1819 Portrait of Yarrow Mamout and Why It Still Matters."

“Visualizing Muslims: The 1819 Portrait of Yarrow Mamout and Why It Still Matters” is a two-part workshop that will engage the Temple community and others in a discussion about Muslims on the world stage and issues of xenophobia, civility, religious violence, pluralism, exclusion, immigration and more. The topic will be discussed through the lens of visual culture in a way that spans Africa and America, focusing on a The Portrait of Yarrow Mamout by Charles Wilson Peale, a portrait of an enslaved African from Guinea.


Carol Soltis, curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, author of The Art of the Peales (Yale University Press)

James H. Johnston, attorney, journalist and author of From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Fordham University Press)

Ruqayyah Rebecca Hankins, Texac A&M faculty member, Obama-appointed archivist and a specialist on Muslims and the African Diaspora.


The main program will be held in the Women's Studies Lounge in Anderson Hall on Temple’s Main Campus on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 12:30 to 2 .m. The speakers will give presentations followed by a group discussion. A viewing of the painting with comments will occur at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 4 to 5 p.m. Students and Temple affiliates will be granted free admission in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.