It isn’t often that a building stuns – literally. However, this is the case with the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Traditional Islamic architecture meets the twenty first century to spectacular effect.
Image Credit Flickr User websterkate
The idea that contemporary Islamic culture is inward looking was contradicted from the word go by the invitation to IM Pei to be the chief architect of the project. The Chinese born American considered by many to be a master in his field was gently coaxed out of retirement to design the building. Most agree he has done a stupendous job. You may know him for, among many other projects, the glass pyramid outside the Louvre.
Image Credit Flickr User zenat_el3ainAn important collection of manuscripts, spanning over a thousand years of Islamic literature is a fascinating glimpse in to an ancient and literate culture.
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