Islamic art goes Asian

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Although you may think of Islamic art as largely Middle Eastern or Arabic, Asia’s Muslim communities have made religious art for centuries. In fact, many of Asia’s contemporary Muslim artists take their inspiration primarily from their own local or ethnic traditions rather than from Middle Eastern or Arabic sources. By using local aesthetic traditions as a “visual archive,” these contemporary artists bring an Asian or multicultural look to Islamic art in order to assert their identity in an increasingly cosmopolitan and global art world.

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Updated:  11 January, 2015/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team