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Reframing Islamic Art for the 21st Century
Horizons in Humanities and Social Sciences (2017)
  • Carol Bier
The celebrated Islamic galleries at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York reopened in 2011 as “Galleries for the
Art of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia.”
Other major collections of Islamic art have been reorganized and reinstalled
in Berlin, Cairo, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Detroit, Kuwait,
London, Los Angeles, Paris, and Singapore, and new museums of Islamic
art have been established in Doha, Qatar; Honolulu, Hawaii;
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Sharjah, U.A.E. In addition, the first
museum in North America dedicated to Islamic art recently opened in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This article explores this global phenomenon,
identifying it as both a literal and conceptual “reframing of Islamic
art for the 21st century,” setting the world stage for new developments
in cultural understanding.
  • Islamic art,
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art,
  • Turkey,
  • Iran,
  • Central Asia,
  • South Asia,
  • Arab lands
Publication Date
June, 2017
Citation Information
Bier, Carol (2017). "Reframing Islamic Art for the 21st Century," Horizons in Humanities and Social Sciences 2/2, pp. 1-25. Available on-line at