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History goes under the hammer as London celebrates Islamic art

For aficionados of Middle Eastern art, London was the place to be this week. During the biannual Islamic Art Week, the big auction houses held sales of everything from antiquities to modern-art installations, with many works receiving well above their estimates. 
Sotheby’s 20th Century Art/Middle East on Tuesday featured two Saudi artists, Ahmed Mater and Maha Malluh, alongside works by  Morocco’s Farid Belkahia, Lebanon’s Paul Guiragossian, Iraq’s Shakir Hassan Al-Said and Syria’s Louai Kayali.

Haj Exhibition opens in London

By Roger Harrison | Arab News | London | 27 Jan 2012

Under the magnificent domed ceiling of the British Museum’s Reading Room the largest exhibition ever mounted on the subject of Haj opened Thursday morning. Soon after the doors opened visitors had already begun to fill the aisles and pause to wonder at the exhibits.


Prejudices about Islam will be shaken by this show

The hajj, subject of a new exhibition at the British Museum, shows that a respect for other faiths is central to Muslim tradition.

By Karen Armstrong | The Guardian/UK | 22 Jan 2012

Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against Muslims in the near east, western people have often perceived Islam as a violent and intolerant faith – even though when this prejudice took root Islam had a better record of tolerance than Christianity.


London’s historic connections to Islam

Source : Sheyma Buali | Arab News
London | 03 Aug 2011

Last month as part of the Shubbak Festival Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, gave a talk on London’s historical connections to the Arab world. A good bulk of the talk, however, went into the history of the Muslim presence in this city. Today, at the beginning of Ramadan, it is great to see the vibrancy that that history has led to.


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