The Art of the Writing Instrument from Paris to Persia

This focus show features writing instruments produced in cosmopolitan centers such as Paris, Isfahan and Kyoto. Every culture that values the art of writing has found ways to reflect the prestige and pleasure of writing through beautiful tools.


Islamic Museum of Australia


Calligrapher Hassan Massoudy

Hassan MASSOUDY was born in 1944 in Najef, South of Iraq. He grew up amid the scalding heat of the desert, in a traditional Iraqi society characterised by strong religious beliefs, a high sense of solidarity and a keenness for festive gatherings. As youngster, in this town where all images were prohibited, he fulfilled his passion for art by making drawings and calligraphies while investing all his energy to get paper and pigments.



Rachid Koraïchi - winner of £25,000 Jameel Prize

Algerian born Rachid Koraïchi has won the £25,000 Jameel Prize for a selection of embroidered cloth banners from a series entitled Les Maitres invisibles (The Invisible Masters), 2008. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, Hasan Jameel and Ed Vaizey MP, presented Rachid Koraïchi with the prize at a ceremony at the V&A on Monday 12 September.


Craftsmen from Morocco at work on the Moroccan Court


Islamic Art Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum - NYTimes.com

Islamic Art Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum - NYTimes.com: IN one of Washington Irving’s tales from “The Alhambra,” the short-story collection that rooted the great 14th-century Moorish landmark in the American imagination, a poor Spaniard and his daughter discover a hidden chamber deep within the abandoned palace’s crumbling walls and spirit away the treasure inside.


The Jameel Prize 2011

The Jameel Prize 2011 - Arab News: Celebrating works inspired by the Islamic world around the globe
The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London has been home to a vast collection of Islamic art for more than 150 years. Today, the Museum has taken a step beyond simply showcasing it, they have joined efforts with the Abdulatif Jameel Group’s Community Initiative to highlight and encourage work inspired by the faith. The Jameel Prize is a biennial award recognizing the use of Islamic design and art technique in contemporary work.


PBS's Independent Lens Documentary on the story of Naif Al-Mutawa and team of superheroes from the Muslim world

A trailer from WHAM! BAM! ISLAM!, Isaac Solotaroff's documentary that will air on PBS's Independent Lens on October 13th (check your local listings). WHAM! BAM! ISLAM! tells the story of Naif Al-Mutawa and his venture to create the first team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99. Following the tumultuous journey of THE 99 from concept to reality, from international acclaim to censure by cultural gatekeepers, Al-Mutaw doggedly pursues his vision to bring new heroes to Muslim children while re-introducing Islam to the West.