Junod, Benoît, Georges Khalil, Stefan Weber and Gerhard Wolf (eds.)

Islamic Art and the Museum

Approaches to Art and Archaeology of the Muslim World in the Twenty-First Century

While museums and galleries become increasingly important forums for public interest in Muslim cultures, there has been little discussion about content or categories of order and their new role in the light of modern museology, mueseum pedagogy and new approaches in other fields of knowledge. This is also true to a certain degree for the contextual research on objects of Islamic art. What are the stories embedded in objects and how are they to be told?

This publication was made in cooperation with Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME), the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz (Max-Planck-Institut) and the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, and is based on the conference “Layers of Islamic Art and the Museum Context” that was held in Berlin from 13 to 16 January 2010.

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