The Islamic Art that Never Was
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The blanket term 'Islamic art' is as meaningless as an all-embracing notion of 'Christian art' would be. It was invented in the 19th century by the French and has been perpetuated ever since by museums and sometimes universities who lack the funds for the separate departments needed to deal with the hugely diverse and complex cultures of the Arab Near East, the Iranian world (Iran, Afghanistan, Western Central Asia) and the Islamic kingdoms of the Indian subcontinent. Souren Melikian, Art Editor of the International Herald Tribune and a leading scholar of Iranian art and culture, examines the myth.
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