Check out our new resource, advertising events in Islamic Studies. Each page focuses on specific types of events, including museum exhibits, conferences, and lectures, packaged as a convenient, one-stop shop for all related events. This page will be updated as new exhibits are announced and old exhibits end.
- Celebration of Textiles: Turkey
Location: The George Washington University Museum, Washington, D.C | Cost: Free
Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: Free
Richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts will be displayed alongside pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets, and political decrees in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Cost: $25
Through some 140 objects—including opulent gilded reliquaries, richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), precious liturgical furnishings, church models, and printed books—the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years.
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum | Cost: $12
The six thematic sections will explore courtly splendor that was proclaimed by sumptuous fabrics, while religious worship found expression through finely crafted sacred cloths. Centuries of global trade shaped by the export of Indian textiles exemplify the robust aesthetic exchange engaged in by artisans who reflected the culture of their clients in their work.
Location: Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar | Cost: Free
The exhibition, entitled Syria Matters (opens 23 November), aims to explore the country’s centuries-old “extraordinary cultural heritage” against the backdrop of the raging conflict that has seen the destruction of six Unesco world heritage sites under President Bashar al-Assad.
Location: Freer | Sackler Smithsonian Museum | Cost: Donation recommended
The exhibition recounts how Qajar kings utilized the art of portraiture to promote their own image and the grandeur of their dynasty. One may see a certain form of “royal propaganda” in it, a way for these shahs of Iran to assert their power not only inside the country but also to the rest of the world.
Location: Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA | Cost: $25
In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi‘ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed.
Location: Koç University, Istabul, Turkey | Cost: Free
“Ottoman Arcadia: The Hamidian Expedition to the land of Tribal Roots, 1886” showcases, for the first time, a three-volume set of photographic albums that were prepared following a decree by Abdülhamid II and were eventually gifted to Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Germany.
Location: Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Ankara, Turkey | Cost: Free
The exhibition displays camlet fabrics and various mohair artefacts from the collections of Ankara Ethnography Museum of the T.R. Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Sadberk Hanım Museum and Topkapı Palace Museum.
Location: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ | Cost: $15
Epic Tales from Ancient India features more than 90 works of art from the Museum’s world-renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings. Introducing viewers to paintings of India and its subcontinent, these works are seen through larger-than-life narratives based on classical literature of the region.
Location: The Uffizi Museum, Florence, Italy | Cost: 20€
Conveying a wide range of taxonomies, an exhibition to commemorate the continuity of the artistic relations between Florence and the Islamic world will be hosted by the Uffizi Galleries and the National Museum of Bargello.
Location: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Palazzo Ducale di Urbino, Urbino, Italy | Cost: 9€
Dal 23 giugno al 30 settembre preziosi oggetti e arredi di epoca rinascimentale, con particolare attenzione al mondo orientale, rappresenteranno l’occasione per rivelare i rapporti tra la Corte urbinate e l’Oriente durante la grande stagione del Montefeltro, in una affascinante mostra: “Il Montefeltro e l’Oriente Islamico. Urbino 1430-1550. Il Palazzo Ducale tra Occidente e Oriente”.
Location: Pergamonmuseum, Berlin, Germany | Cost: 12€
The aims of this exhibition are to share the splendors of Yemen’s architectural heritage and to raise awareness of its cultural and historical importance. It also reveals that this heritage is threatened by a civil war that has raged since 2015.
Location: The Textile Museum, The George Washington University | Cost: $8 suggested donation
The museum’s 39th-annual family festival celebrates the textile arts and cultures of Turkey. Watch local artists weave, spin, embroider, and more; enjoy traditional dance performances; and explore spectacular rugs woven by nomadic women through family-friendly tours of A Nomad’s Art: Kilims of Anatolia.