By AFP Staff Reporter: September 14, 2014
A shiny new Islamic art museum and cultural center will open in Toronto next week, becoming the first of its kind in North America.
There are fine collections of Islamic art in museums throughout Canada and the United States, but this will be the first devoted entirely to such works when it welcomes visitors as of September 18.
“We hope that this museum will contribute to a better understanding of the people of Islam in all their religious, ethnic linguistic and social diversity,” the Aga Khan said in a statement.
Most of the artifacts come from the prince’s family’s trove, showcasing the achievements of Muslim civilizations from Spain to China, said museum director Henry Kim.
The museum plans to host traveling exhibitions, concerts, as well as international conferences and seminars.
“Canada is a model and global hub of diversity, ethnicity and inter-mingling cultures so Toronto became the natural choice for us to set up a modern cultural center showcasing Muslim civilizations,” said Luis Monreal, head of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
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