Presenting Islamic art: Reflections on old and new museum displays

Patricia Blessing

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This essay presents a reflection on a selection of collections of Islamic art in Europe and the Middle East, focusing on new installations that emerged in the last decade. While various approaches have been discussed in the context of new installations, chronological narratives still prevail. Perhaps, these are indeed the best way to introduce audiences unfamiliar with the material to its complex historical and cultural contexts. The overarching goal of many of these displays may be to create positive public engagement with Islamic art in a global context where Islam is often associated with war and destruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalReview of Middle East Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Art and politics
  • Collecting
  • Historiography
  • Islamic art
  • Museums


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