Islam

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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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Sweden

Lars Vilks: “Censorship is based on fear, not sensitivities towards ethnic minorities”

The Swedish artist is currently writing a musical about Islam

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Iran

"Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014" at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville will emphasise the survival of modernity in Iranian history

The exhibition will contain works by 24 artists, from three pivotal historical moments: 1960-70, the revolutionary era, and the post-war period

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Delhi

“Oldest Muslim palace” bulldozed by developer

Lal Muhal in Delhi was demolished on 30 October

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Libya

Libyan shrines under attack as militant Islamists target Muslim mausoleums

Protesters demand protection for cultural heritage as clashes turn violent

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Museum of Tolerance

Jerusalem votes ‘yes’ to controversial tolerance centre

Opponents appeal for foreign help to save Muslim graves

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Iconography

Books: The ecumenicity of iconophobia

Christian, Jewish and Muslim anxieties about images

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Islam

Controversial sculpture divides Tatarstan

Muslim clerics say work by Buddhist artist Dashi Namdakov is offensive

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British Museum

British Museum turns to Mecca and its holy pilgrimage

Exhibition aims to unravel the mysteries of the Hajj to non-Muslims

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National Museum of Iraq

Blast from suicide bombing damage causes chaos at Baghdad's National Museum

Director warns of security risks in the capital

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Books

Books: Material culture and medieval "Hindu-Muslim" encounter

Objects of translation and the cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

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Sacha Jafri

Portraits of leading Muslims (and President Obama) by Sacha Jafri for Prince Charles

Jafri hopes to raise up to $5 million for one of the Prince of Wales’s charities

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Jerusalem

Controversy over Israeli Tolerance Museum site

Court rules in favour of building despite claims that Muslim graves will be desecrated

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Islam

Muslim woman questioned for wearing veil in Venetian Museum

Incident sparks national debate about security; government and city take opposing stance

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March 2008

Why the US military's proposal to dispose of Saddam Hussein’s Victory Monument is misguided

They represent good and bad aspects of Iraq’s modern history and cannot simply be obliterated

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Copenhagen

Danish museum to buy Muhammad cartoons which sparked global riots

The Royal Library is in talks to purchase the works; another Danish museum wants to put them on display

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Iran

Former Iranian ambassador gives $2.8m to assist Texas's Museum of Fine Arts in pursuit of Islamic art

The director says that the collection will be the first of its kind in the region, catering to an emergent Muslim community

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Malaysia

Artists in Malaysia facing censorship, ethnic separation and Islamicisation

But it is a lively scene that looks to the international art world

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Israel

Israel appoints Arab Muslim culture minister

Ghaleb Majadle has been a member of Israel’s Knesset since 2004.

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Sculpture

Tehran to commission sculptures for first International Sculpture Symposium

The event will go ahead despite religious sensitivities

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Islam

The British Council opened its first art exhibition in Saudi Arabia last month

Foreign Secretary uses occasion to praise Muslim contribution to UK

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Iran

Iran takes first step in reconstruction of Samarra mosque, a casualty of sectarian reprisals in Iraq

The shrine's restoration, which will be paid for by private sector investment, has been the subject of a deal brokered between ICHTO and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture

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Kosovo

Unesco reconstruction plan for Kosovo

Lack of trust between Serbs and Muslims continues to hinder restoration efforts

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Jerusalem

Muslim graves discovered on the site of Jewish Museum of Tolerance

Construction has been halted on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s contentious new project

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Iraq

Invasive US security measures place Samarra’s heritage at risk

A giant embankment built around the city has reduced attacks on US troops, but may have compromised important sites

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Gregor Schneider

Art in the age of global terrorism: censorship at the Venice Biennale

The story of Gregor Schneider’s installation for St Mark’s Square

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Taj Mahal

Muslims lay claim to Taj Mahal

A Muslim trust in Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, has claimed ownership of the monument

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Antiquities & Archaeology

US snipers co-opt Samarra mosque’s spiral minaret

The US military says “military necessity” takes precedence over the safeguarding of this Islamic landmark

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Jerusalem

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem re-opens to non-Muslims

The most revered and disputed holy site in Israel has re-opened to non-Muslims after three years.

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Bosnia

Former US president Bill Clinton opens memorial to massacred Muslims in Bosnia

The monument is dedicated to the thousands killed in Srebrenica when the city fell to Bosnian Serbs in July 1995

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Discrimination

Worcester Art Museum sued for Anti-Muslim discrimination

“The museum is committed to fostering a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer,” it said.

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South East Asia

Indian art generates solid sales as Persian market shows signs of life: Indian, South East Asian and Islamic sales 1995

Strong bidding from expatriate Iranians recalls pre-Revolution prices