Funded Exhibitions

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In addition to 12 catalogues published to accompany various exhibitions that were part of the 1976 World of Islam Festival, the following have since been funded either wholly or in part by the Trust:


  • Bellini and the East. An exhibition at the National Gallery, Spring 2006. See www.nationalgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/bellini/default.htm

  • Kiarostami's Ta'ziyeh. An installation of popular, traditional theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 2005. See www.iranheritage.org/kiarostamitaziyeh

  • Illuminating Faith Art and Culture from the Middle East. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 2005.

  • Mightier than the sword: Arabic script beauty and meaning. An exhibition about the art and uses of writing in Islam drawn from the collections of the British Museum at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne 2003. This exhibition was later transferred in early 2004 to the Islamic Arts Museum, Kula Lumpur

  • The Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam through Calligraphy. Exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 2001-2002. This was the first exhibition in Canada to address the arts and beliefs of Islam.

  • Princes, Poets and Paladins. An exhibition of 145 paintings and drawings from the collection of the Late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan at the British Museum, London, 1998 and at the Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva, 1999-2000

  • An Alchemy of Letters: The art of Ahmed Moustafa. An exhibition of tapestries, oil and watercolour paintings at the Manchester City Art Gallery 1993

  • Islamic Calligraphy. Dublin and London; from the Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva 1988-1989

  • Islamic Bookbindings. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Guest of Honour Rt Hon Lord Carrington, 1983

  • The Islamic Perspective. Leighton house, London. Opened by HM Queen Noor al Hussein of Jordan, 1983

  • Islamic Masterpieces of the Chester Beatty Library. Leighton House, London. Opened by HRH The Duke of Kent, 1981

  • Qur'ans and Bindings from the Chester Beatty Library. The Islamic Cultural Centre, London, 1980