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Islamic Art

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.

Imperfection

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."

Shangri La's Paradise Comes To NYC

AP | By ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Shangri La calls to mind a secluded paradise, an exotic place that evokes the mysteries of the ancient Orient. For the late philanthropis...

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)

Crane.tv | Posted 07.10.2012 | Arts
Crane.tv

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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...

Kia Makarechi

PHOTOS: You've Never Seen Jewelry Like This

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.05.2012 | Arts

In art museums across the world, Central Asia and the Persian Empire are primarily represented by carpets and miniature paintings. While these exhibit...

PHOTOS: Illustrating Islam: The Spiritual Beauty Of Islamic Manuscript Painting

Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion

The Morgan Library & Museum’s collection of Islamic manuscripts was the offspring of a love affair. When Pierpont Morgan’s librarian, Belle da Cos...

Jaweed Kaleem

New York's Metropolitan Museum Of Art Opens Its Doors For Long-Awaited Islamic Art Exhibit

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Standing in the grand entrance hall of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday, Navina Haidar shuffled between nervousness and glee ...

Dis[Locating] Culture: Contemporary Islamic Art In America (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The power of art to reveal commonalities between seemingly distant sets of beliefs is powerfully displayed in an upcoming exhibit, entitled "Dis[Locat...

Art and Architecture of the Silk Road

Scott S. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Scott S. Smith

Uzbekistan was the center of the 7000-mile-long Silk Road -- where goods were exchanged between the east and west -- causing the area to flourish for centuries.