Amman, May 13, 2018 – Under the patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, the Spanish Embassy and Institute Cervantes in Amman, in cooperation with the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and the Arab Thought Forum, organized a seminar on “Arab Culture in Latine America, which took place at the Museum of Jordan.
The seminar aimed to highlight the influence of the Arab world in Latin America in relation to the experience of Al-Andalus and the shared history of the Mediterranean civilization. HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of RIIFS, in his speech given on his behalf by H.E. Dr. Mohammad Abu Hammour, stressed the importance of recognizing and enhancing the diversity of cultures, religions and civilizations through cultural and academic work between the Arab world and Latin American countries.
The seminar covered several topics, including Arab immigration in Brazil, conducted by Brazilian professor Roberto Khatlab, and the influence of Andalusia on Latin American architecture of Umayyad and Andalusian inspiration.
Professor Rafael López-Guzmán, professor of history of art at the University of Granada, contributed with a lecture on “Al Ándalus in America: from Mudejar art to neo-Arabic art” where he addressed the influence of Arab art in Latin America.