Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

In the Presence of War: Representations of Violence in Afghanistan War Rugs

Gary Wheeler.

This presentation incorporates visual imagery and critical analysis of the contemporary carpets being woven by young girls among the refugee tribes of Afghanistan. Despite their youth and against tradition, beginning in1979 and continuing throughout the post-September 2001 period, the woven rugs give form to how Islamic women resolve the potency of violent warfare. While emerging from earlier styles of prayer rugs and hunting rugs, the unique character of these collectible rugs demonstrates the creative resiliency of tribal cultures.


Gary Wheeler  (United States)
Professor, Art History and American Studies

Miami University

  • Afghanistan
  • Tribal culture
  • Representations of violence
  • Women artists

(Virtual Presentation, English)