The Globe & Mail | Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, opening this week, is a world-class showcase for Islamic art

There are varying suggestions as to where this Quran may have been produced. Although an Il-Khanid Persia or Mamluk Egypt origin cannot be discounted, this Quran has certain features that suggest a different place: Yemen, during the period of Rasulid rule (1229-1454 CE). (Aga Khan Museum)
There are varying suggestions as to where this Quran may have been produced. Although an Il-Khanid Persia or Mamluk Egypt origin cannot be discounted, this Quran has certain features that suggest a different place: Yemen, during the period of Rasulid rule (1229-1454 CE). (Aga Khan Museum)

By James Adams for The Globe and Mail. Published Tuesday, Sep. 16 2014

It’s said that a city – a city like Toronto, say – whose boosters often rely on the adjective “world-class” to describe both its overall grooviness and its particular charms can’t, in fact, be truly world-class. You’re either world-class or you’re not and no amount of huffing, puffing or tub-thumping is going to grant a burg that cachet. World-class, in short, is self-evident and unspoken.

Still, you can’t keep a person from thinking something’s world-class. Which is, in fact, what I was thinking one cool, overcast morning last week while touring the Aga Khan Museum with educational consultant Patricia Bentley. The museum, which opens Thursday (a ceremonial opening, featuring Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan, was held Sept. 12), has been a long time coming, Toronto having been named its home 12 years ago this October by the prince, spiritual head of the planet’s 15 million Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.

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Earlier:

Globe & Mail: New Aga Khan museum and Ismaili complex opens in Toronto

The Globe & Mail: Inside Toronto’s new Aga Khan Museum

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