How Islamic is Cairo’s Museum of Islamic art?

By Amir-Hussein Radjy
The displays in the Museum of Islamic Art were redesigned by Adrien Gardère in 2010. Photo: B.O'Kane/Alamy Stock Photo
CAIRO---At 6:31 a.m. on 24 January 2014, a large bomb went off by Cairo’s central police headquarters. The explosion ripped through the windows and door of the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum was able to rescue almost all of the 179 damaged objects (an official catalogue of the items has not been released). Today, the pieces that have been restored after the 2014 bombing are discreetly marked by red dots. When I visited in March, two months after the museum reopened, staff described the Qur’an’s ‘protection’ as a miracle. [link]


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