Reflections on Islamic Art

Editor: Ahdaf Soueif
ISBN Paperback: 9789992142806
ISBN Hardback: 9789992142608
Format: Paperback and Hardback
Published: October 2011
Price: £20/QR110 and £35/QR190



  • The riches of Islamic art celebrated by twenty-seven world-leading writers and thinkers from West and East
  • Edited by Booker Prize-shortlisted writer, Ahdaf Soueif
  • Produced in partnership with the iconic Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar


Twenty-seven leading writers and thinkers reflect on and celebrate the riches of Islamic art in a visually stylish volume produced with the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar and edited by Ahdaf Soueif.

The contributors have visited the Museum from across the world, and include: poet Adam Foulds, writer Anton Shammas, poet and writer Bejan Matur, historian Eric Hobsbawm, poet Ghassan Zaqtan, novelist Jabbour al-Douaihy, novelist Jamal Mahjoub, poet James Fenton, physicist and historian Jim Khalili, novelist Kamila Shamsie, mathematician and broadcaster Marcus du Sautoy, novelist Najwa Barakat, architectual historian Nasser Rabbat, I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Oxford University, Oliver Watson, novelist Pankaj Mishra, novelist Philip Hensher, novelist Radwa Ashour, author and essayist Raja Shehadeh, actor Riz Ahmed, poet Sarah Maguire, film director Shirin Neshat, writer Slavoj Zizek, journalist Sonia Jabbar, writer Suad Amiry, novelist Tash Aw, writer and broadcaster William Dalrymple, writer and photographer Youssef Rakha.

From seventh-century Qur’ans to exquisite carpets, remarkable portraits and items dating to the present day, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar showcases one of the finest collections of Islamic art in the world, including some of its rarest objects. Since its opening in 2008, the Museum, which is housed in an iconic building designed by the celebrated I.M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Museum pyramid extension, has established itself as an outstanding contemporary
expression of Islamic architectural tradition.

About the Editor

The book is edited by internationally renowned British-Egyptian author, Ahdaf Soueif, who has also guided the selection of the writers. She is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and has been translated into more than twenty languages. In 2007 Ahdaf founded Engaged Events, a UK-based charity, which established the Palestine Festival of Literature (PALFEST).



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