The Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) on Wednesday inaugurated Islamic Art Collection exhibition displaying private collection of Engineer Ibrahim Fakhroo, on the occasion of the International Day of Islamic Art, which falls on November 18 of each year. The exhibition is being held while observing the precautionary measures in place in the country and approved by the health authorities represented by the Ministry of Public Health and its supporting bodies to ensure the achievement of public safety, in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

The International Islamic Art Day, which was announced during the fortieth session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2019, aims to increase awareness of the historical and contemporary artistic expression of Islam, and highlight the contributions of Islamic art to civilization.

In a speech on the sidelines of the exhibition, which will continue until November 26, Director-General of Katara Dr. Khaled bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, affirmed the Foundation's keen attention to introduce, through this art exhibition, the great role that Islamic arts have played in global civilization. This art has produced a civilized dialogue between different cultures, adhering to its identity and cultural specificity, Dr. Al Sulaiti said pointing that art is one of the important means of communication and rapprochement between cultures.

For her part, Secretary-General of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science Dr. Hamda Hassan Al Sulaiti praised the great role played by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Katara, the Ministries of Culture, Sports, Education and Higher Education and the Qatar Museums Authority in supporting and promoting Islamic art as the vehicle that carries our cultural identity among the cultures of the countries of the world.

Islamic art has proven throughout the ages that Islam values art, as long as it is not a means of polytheism and corruption, she said, stressing that Islamic art has occupied a large area of intellectual discussions and deliberations, given that it is one of the topics that are hardly indispensable for anyone working in art and interested in it being thinkers or educators, as it is the embodiment of the epistemological vision of Islam and a landmark of culture in it.

Regarding the contents of the exhibition, Eng Fakhroo said that they are divided into four groups; manuscripts, weapons and daggers, ceramic and textiles. (QNA)
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