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Islamic Art

America to Zanzibar Showcases Islamic Diversity

Rose Deighton | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Rose Deighton

America to Zanzibar is a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan designed to highlight the vast diversity of Islamic cultures. Today more th...

The Dallas Museum of Art, Refreshing an Old Frontier and Making it New

Isa Freeling | Posted 09.11.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

One of the greatest gifts a museum can supply a visitor is a free ticket to view important art works from around the world. Think of the many millions of people who are conveyed into a whole new arena of awareness because the door was open without cost.

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

Exploring The Delicate Strength Of Interfaith Friendships

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion

Below is an excerpt used with permission from author Carla Power’s If the Oceans Were Ink, which explores her friendship with Sheikh Mohammad Akram ...

New Exhibit Features Rarely Seen Objects From Mecca

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion

Muslim pilgrims will descend on the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Hajj in October, participating in a ritual that dates back hundreds of years....

What Do We Mean When We Talk About Islamic Art?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts

How does the Western hemisphere view the Islamic world? Some of our knowledge is informed by headlines and news reports, some by blockbuster movies. S...

How Can Turkish Islamic Fine Arts Help Us Understand Higher Spirituality?

Kemal Argon | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Kemal Argon

While fine arts can be found all over the Muslim world, Turkey certainly has major contributions to Islamic art, both historically and still today.


Brian D. Cohen | Posted 06.03.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Islamic artists will often break a pattern deliberately, interrupting the order and logic of a design. Geometric forms were thought to embody the divine order of the universe, and art revealed God's true nature through geometric design.

Islamic Art Mounts Comeback At European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Although Buddhist and Hindu art aficionados can find stunning sculptures and Jewish art lovers can examine medallions with Hebrew inscriptions, Islamic art is much more difficult to find.

Colonizing Abstraction: MoMA's Inventing Abstraction Show Denies Its Ancient Global Origins

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Shouldn't the most authoritative of our cultural institutions, certainly those renown globally, be so sensitive as to represent the history of international art with the like mindedness of diplomats to mitigating the injuries historically wrought by political and cultural colonizations?

Facing Intolerance, American Muslims Cope Creatively

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Time and again, while engaging with Muslim youth at schools, universities and community forums, a common anecdotal thread characterizing their ultimate educational experience is underreported bias-based bullying and otherwise discriminatory incidents at school. Hence, the need for dialogue.

Huge Landmark For Met's Islamic Art Galleries

Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts

In November 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York re-opened a massive Department of Islamic Art, comprising 1,200 works from Turkey, Iran, ...

Rare Amulet Vessel Among Islamic Auction Finds

Posted 01.09.2013 | Arts

A rare collection of Islamic Art has made its way to Bonham's Auction House in Edinburgh this month, representing Scotland's largest private collectio...

Lucia Topalian: Running An Art Oasis in Kuwait

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

Mention Kuwait and you elicit talk of oil wealth, desert sands, and Iraq's invasion of the emirate in 1990. Interestingly, it's been a center for art and culture since before the aggression.

Hebrew-Arabic Calligraphy From God's Own Country

Paul Rockower | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Paul Rockower

Thoufeek Zakriya is a wonderful symbol of India's legendary tolerance for religious communities. He is a Muslim who does masterful Hebrew calligraphy.

Women's Rights As Black And White: American Muslims In The Arts

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

"I used black and white film in a symbolic way to show that issues of human rights, women's rights, and refugee aid are 'black and white' -- as to say that humanity should get straight to the point and help others in need."

Warhol, Pollock ... Khan? American Muslims In The Arts

Engy Abdelkader | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Engy Abdelkader

Far from passive observers, these are artists whose works speak distinct messages -- some of spiritual intimacy, others of empowerment, education and dialogue and all embody the intersection of the American and Muslim cultural identity.

Calligraphy Is The Islamic Art Of Arts

Michael Wolfe | Posted 09.05.2012 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

You don't need to read Arabic to see the beauty of this writing, or to see why it would quickly be incorporated into so many other artistic forms. The simple elegance of plain black script circling the rim of a white ceramic plate or bowl speaks for itself and is universal.

Islamic Art: In Paradise There Is Always Water

Michael Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Wolfe

Such is the vision of the "Better World" that Islamic civilization created from the eighth century onward. These intrepid empire-builders managed to create great palace-garden complexes, where water is the central element.

Islamic Architecture: Mirror Of The Invisible World

Robert Gardner | Posted 09.03.2012 | Religion
Robert Gardner

Two buildings that represent a great contrast and diversity in Islamic architecture are the Taj Mahal in India, one of the most memorable buildings in human history, and the Great Mosque of Djenne in Mali, the largest mud construction in the world.

Mario Bellini on His Latest Projects (VIDEO) | Posted 07.10.2012 | Arts


3 Religion Trends At The European Fine Art Fair

Menachem Wecker | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

Whatever the odds, there was a lot to be said about religion and religious art at TEFAF. In virtually ever section of the fair, there were at least dozens of examples of fascinating works with religious content and themes.

New Islamic Art Film Premieres in Chicago

Daniel Tutt | Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago
Daniel Tutt

A new documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World seeks to present some of the riches of Islamic artistic contributions to an American audience.

The Sacred Words And Images Of Five World Religions (PHOTOS)

Posted 03.27.2012 | Religion

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In the light of the Orme Lewis Gallery in Phoenix Art Museum, the brilliantly illustrated pages of the 18th century Chinese Quran se...

A Peek Inside The Metropolitan Museum's Islamic Gallery

Posted 01.24.2012 | Arts

Navina Najat Haidar has been working on the Islamic galleries of The Metropolitan Museum for the past eight years, although the official name over the...