“Given the disturbing level of animosity between the West and much of the Islamic world, can increased appreciation of Islamic art in the West help bridge the cultural divide? Is that notion overly optimistic? Perhaps. But since the shock of Sept. 11, 2001, interest in understanding the Islamic world through its art has been growing.”
-Alan Riding, New York Times, April 6, 2004
In 2005, Arts of the Islamic World was founded in response to this call. Committed to the belief that a culture’s art can provide the truest reflection of its worldview and serve as a platform for peaceful secular dialogue, this not-for-profit organization aims to bridge this cultural divide by an unprecedented secular public education effort that will make knowledge about the diverse arts from all across the Islamic world uniquely accessible to a wide global audience.