Episode from the podcastThin End of the Wedge

14. Aaron Tugendhaft: Images, idols and iconoclasm

Released Wednesday, 23rd December 2020
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Aaron discusses the ideas from his new book, The Idols of Isis: from Assyria to the Internet. The ISIS video of men smashing statues in Mosul Museum reminded him of a lost scene from Sargon’s palace. What are images? Why do we need them? Can they ever be anything other than incomplete and imperfect? And does that matter?

2:53 images, idolatry and iconoclasm
5:39 meanings of images in relation to Iraqi heritage
9:09 ISIS videos 
12:44 Sargon of Assyria and ancient iconoclasm
17:52 virtuous iconoclasm?
21:55 how museums might display meanings

Idols of Isis is available from the University of Chicago Press: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/… 

Music by Ruba Hillawi

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