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Lahore Fort over the years

I have had the chance to visit the Lahore Fort on a number of occasions. The fort always seemed to be in a worse condition than it was during my previous visit. While photographing…

Credit: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Bringing the Met Into the 1300s

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art embarked on the most ambitious rethinking and rebuilding of its Islamic art galleries in its history, a $50 million endeavor. Over the course of two months a…

Damascus Room:  Panoramic photo by Dov Friedman/WSJ

Exploring the Damascus Room

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened the museum’s Islamic art galleries to display roughly 1,200 works spanning 13 centuries and dozens of Islamic-influenced cultures. One highlight is the Damascus Room, a 26-foot-long…

Mud Brick Skyscappers Shibam, Hadramawt

Manhattan in the Hadramaut

At the end of December 1984, UNESCO – the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization – issued a plea to the world to save another national treasure from disintegration: the mud-brick “skyscrapers”…

The Met Resets a Gem

n November, after an eight-year, $50-million renovation, 15 galleries devoted to “The Arts of Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia” will open in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art….

Restoration of the Tomb of Shah Rukn-i-Alam (Multan, Pakistan)

For the restoration of an important four-teenth-century mausoleum of the Tughluq period in Multan and for its contribution to reviving some of the great crafts of 600 years ago and promoting similar building…

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