Indiana University Bloomington

Turning Towards Perfection: An Examination of the Sema

“How can this even make sense if sema is only meant to lead a practitioner to God, and can it be justified in a normative understanding of Sufism, its practices and goals? I believe that it can; in order to do so, I must engage with a new interpretation of music, movement, and the goal of human perfection as it pertains to the sema of the Mevlevi Order.”

Utopian Ideas in Herman B. Wells Library

The Herman B. Wells library on the Indiana University campus dominates the landscape, with its modern architectural designs and its open spaces filled with trees, bushes, and tables. But, inside, there are certain areas that contradict this utopian and perfectionist ideal.


But what does it mean to be the perfect woman? What does it mean to have your entire being created by another person?

Two States, Two Stories: The Creation of Adam

An analysis of the image in question, which depicts a biblical creation story, reveals several features remarkably distinct from many other representations of the story of Genesis or the creation of Adam. Specifically, the three most striking elements of this piece are the depiction of characters as peacefully motionless, suggesting perhaps a more harmonic interpretation to the origin of Creation…

Distanced from God

This particular painting, Garden of Eden with Creation of Eve, displays the allegorical story of Adam of Eve from Genesis, their fall from grace, and their subsequent exile from the Garden of Eden. Demonstrated by changes in positioning, color, and lighting, their story parallels mankind’s own shifting relationship with God.

Dura-Europos Art and the Roman Middle East

The sacred spaces which contained Durene religious art enveloped their worshipers. Whoever entered the synagogue, temple, mithraeum, or house church (domus ecclesiae) would be presented with a three-dimensional presentation of a certain cultural awareness expressed in religious terms.