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Islamic art

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Books

The image debate: new book looks at age-old question of figural representation in Islam

This collection of essays examines the Islamic treatment of figuration around the world, from pre-modern decoration to contemporary snowmen

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Art market

Renewed enthusiasm for Orientalist paintings and a £3.7m coin buoy London's Islamic sales week

Busy auction series brought records for Osman Hamdi Bey and Jean-Léon Gérôme, and controversial sale of two illustrated folios separated from a Persian manuscript

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Book Shorts

This book of essays explores the varieties and definitions of Islamic art

The authors ask “What is Islamic about ‘Islamic’ art?”

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Book Shorts

A comprehensive survey of geometric forms in Modern and contemporary Middle Eastern art

Twenty-four artists present their own works in new book, including the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

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British Museum

British Museum’s Islamic art finally gets its fairy-tale ending

Restored Victorian galleries, funded by Albukhary Foundation and featuring screens by Ahmad Angawi, have transformed the presentation of the collection

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Dull, dim and dusty no more: British Museum's new Islamic galleries bring collection out of the shadows

Light and spacious Albukhary Foundation Gallery is a huge transformation for the London institution, says Jane Jakeman

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Education

Oxford museums train refugees as tour guides and community curators

Berlin’s Multaka programme of Arabic-language tours is spreading to the UK—and beyond

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Bruce Nauman’s New York takeover. Plus, the British Museum dusts down its Islamic art galleries

We talk to the curator Kathy Halbreich about the giant two-part Bruce Nauman retrospective at MoMA and MoMA PS1. Plus, the specialist in Islamic studies Jane Jakeman reviews the new Islamic displays at London’s British Museum. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Exhibitions

San Francisco show celebrates diversity of Muslim fashion

As debates on the burqa rage worldwide, De Young Museum exhibition explores complexities and range of Islamic dress

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Exhibitions

The Medici touch: exhibition shows how Florence fell for Islamic art

Six centuries of city’s connection to Muslim world explored in rare Uffizi and Bargello collaboration

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Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis remaps Lisbon's Gulbenkian

Freed from Tate's "tough agenda" of blockbuster shows, sculpture scholar is opening up Portuguese museum's Islamic collections

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Credence and credulity: on Islamic art and the supernatural

This small book is ground-breaking, bringing to light Islamic beliefs and superstitions

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Islamic art

Islamic art takes centre stage in Dallas

Keir collection of 2,000 works is one of the world's largest

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Exhibitions

US exhibition shines light on Qur’ans as collector's objects

Sackler Gallery explores the movement of these religious texts in major loan show

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More royalty required: on the al-Sabah Collection

The non-courtly manuscripts and miniatures of the al-Sabah Collection come together in a new publication

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Only for the rich: Islamic art is overshadowed by morally questionable Gulf labour conditions

Jane Jakeman reviews two very different takes on art in the Middle East

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Heritage

Culture fights back in Tunisia

Sufi-inspired exhibition aims to rescue Islam from the extremists

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Exhibitions

Victoria and Albert Museum, Jameel Prize 3

The Jameel Prize show at the Victoria and Albert Museum looks for the best in Islamic or Islamic-inspired art

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Collectors

Collector settles financial dispute with David Khalili

Farbod Dowlatshahi no longer advisor to Khalili trust

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November 2010

US museums receive surfeit of patronage for Islamic art collections

But Arab donors are in scarce supply, while Turks, Iranians and others spend freely

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Art market

Collectors pay top prices for the highest quality work of Islamic classics

Christie’s totals higher, but Sotheby’s had the standout individual piece

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Iran

Farjam Collection gallery opens at the Dubai International Financial Centre with Islamic art exhibition

Our first glimpse of plans for multiple museums laid out by the Iranian industrialist at Art Dubai '08

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Private Museums

Farhad Farjam opens private museum in Dubai

The Iranian businessman has an extensive collection of Islamic and modern art

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Collectors

How much is David Khalili’s Islamic art worth?

The Sunday Times values it at $9 billion, but several dealers disagree

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Exhibitions

Property developers in Dubai organise shows of rare miniatures and Islamic art

Major collectors based in Gulf state are lending work

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A opens its £5.4m Islamic gallery

The new display is entirely funded by the Jameel family of Saudi Arabia

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Christie's

Book review: The complex political and artistic cross-currents of East and West, between 1750 and 1850

Why Napoleon became a Muslim

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Collectors

Collector interview: Sheikh Saud Al Thani of Qatar

The Art Newspaper visits the biggest art collector in the world and talks about the five museums he is building in Doha

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Saudi donor gives V&A £5.4 million for new Islamic gallery

Jameel Gallery to be funded by car dealership Hartwell PLC

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Iran

New York's Asia Society hosts 'Hunt for paradise: Court arts of Iran, 1501-76. Asia Society'

The exhibition illustrates how monarchical patronage in the 15th century paved the way for an age of artistic accomplishment in Iran

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Art fairs

Did carpet dealers and collectors watch the soccer rather than go to the Hali fair?

"The World Cup effect"

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Books

Oriental origins of Italian Renaissance art

How Islamic decorative arts influenced 15th- and 16th-century Western artists

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Collectors

Collector Khalili puts town house on market for £100 million

The most expensive private town house ever put up for sale in Britain

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Islamic art

Books: All the marvels of Mughal painting

The latest volume in the catalogues of the Khalili Collection describes the art of the Muslim courts of India

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Collectors

Spain has no official record of Islamic collector

Negotiations between David Nasser Khalili and British government ongoing

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Iraq

Iraqis deny thefts from the Muslim shrines of Kerbala and Najaf

Follows disappearance of jewels, manuscripts