Looking Widely, Looking Closely—Indonesia and Islamic Art: The Historiography of a Neglected Heritage

Historians of Islamic Art Third Biennial Symposium: Looking Widely, Looking Closely

Recorded October 18–20, 2012

Part Twenty-four of Twenty-Six

Mirjam Shatanawi takes a glimpse at the most commonly used survey books of Islamic art and architecture, revealing that none of them devote any attention to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country. Likewise, exhibitions of Islamic art in museums, with very few exceptions, stop at the borders of South Asia. The exclusion of Indonesia from the field of Islamic art can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, when Western art historians and museums started to study the artefacts they collected from Muslim regions, and Islamic art as a field of enquiry emerged.

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