Wednesday, November 29, 2017

What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance

By Jason Farago
A page of a 17th-century prayer book in Syriac and Arabic.CreditCollection Antoine Maamari, Beyrouth
PARIS — Behind the famous dilating windows Jean Nouvel designed for its Seine-side home, the Institut du Monde Arabe has presented a string of recent shows that have deepened and diversified France’s understanding of Islam. But Islam is not the only religion in the Arab world, and this autumn the institute, which celebrates its 30th birthday this month, has turned its attention to another faith. “Eastern Christians: 2,000 Years of History,” a vital, thorough, and sometimes astonishingly gorgeous exhibition, explores the birth and transmission of Christianity from Jesus’ death to the present day. [More]