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Book Title: Reflections on Islamic Art|
The author of the book: Ahdaf Soueif
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Edition: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
Date of issue: December 6th 2011
ISBN 13: 9789992142608
Format files: PDF
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The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, houses manuscripts, textiles, ceramics and other works from the seventh century to the present day, and is one of the world's most encyclopedic collections of Islamic art. The origin of its artifacts ranges from Spain to Egypt to Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India and Central Asia. Reflections, edited by British-Egyptian novelist and critic Ahdaf Soueif, showcases these works, and creates a work of art in itself. More than twenty writers and thinkers from around the world, including Adam Foulds, Kamila Shamsie, Suad Amiry, and Pankaj Mishra, have taken works in the museumâ€™s collection and used them to launch essays, poems, and other pieces which allow the reader to explore 14 centuries of Islamic art and culture. Luxuriously designed to reference traditions of Islamic art and book design, as well as the landmark MIA building designed by I.M. Pei, Reflections is illustrated with photographs of the pieces the writers have chosen as their inspiration.
Adam Foulds · Anton Shammas · Eric Hobsbawm · Ghassan Zaqtan · Jabbour al-Douaihy · James Fenton · Jim Khalili · Kamila Shamsie · Marcus du Sautoy · Najwa Barakat · Nasser Rabbat · Oliver Watson · Pankaj Mishra · Philip Hensher · Radwa Ashour · Raja Shehadeh · Riz Ahmed · Sarah Maguire · Shirin Neshat · Slavoj Zizek · Sonia Jabbar · Suad Amiry · Tash Aw · Youssef Rakha
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Read information about the authorAhdaf Soueif (Arabic: أهداف سويف) is an Egyptian short story writer, novelist and political and cultural commentator. She was educated in Egypt and England - studied for a PhD in linguistics at the University of Lancaster.
Her novel The Map of Love (1999) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and subsequently translated into 21 languages. Soueif writes primarily in English, but her Arabic-speaking readers say they can hear the Arabic through the English. Along with in-depth and sensitive readings of Egyptian history and politics, Soueif also writes about Palestinians in her fiction and non-fiction. A shorter version of "Under the Gun: A Palestinian Journey" was originally published in The Guardian and then printed in full in Soueif's recent collection of essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground (2004). Soueif has also translated Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah (with a foreword by Edward Said) from Arabic into English.
In 2007, Soueif was one of more than 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter initiated by Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism and the South West Asian, North African Bay Area Queers (SWANABAQ) and calling on the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival "to honor calls for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions, by discontinuing Israeli consulate sponsorship of the LGBT film festival and not cosponsoring events with the Israeli consulate."
In 2008 she initiated the first Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest). Soueif is also a cultural and political commentator for the Guardian newspaper and she has been reporting on the Egyptian revolution. In January 2012 she published Cairo: My City, Our Revolution – a personal account of the first year of the Egyptian revolution
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