Middle Eastern art museums, artists and culture

Middle Eastern art, artists, museums and culture, a guide to websites

See also: Islamic Art

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Abzu
Abzu is a guide to networked open access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East and the Ancient Mediterranean world.

Art of the Middle East
Collectors, galleries, exhibitions, artists, museums, articles, events and news.

ArtRole
ArtRole is a UK-based contemporary arts organisation developing international cultural exchanges with the Middle East.

ArteEast
A global platform for Middle East Arts, based in New York.

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Bidoun
A journal of art and culture from The Middle East.

Etana
ETANA is a multi-institutional collaborative project initiated in August 2000 as anelectronic publishing project designed to enhance the study of the history and culture of the ancient Near East.

Farhat Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
A collection of paintings, photographs and conceptual art representing the expressions of contemprary Arab artists.

Encyclopedia of the Orient. Lexicorient
Travel and historical information. From North Africa, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania to Western sahara and Yemen.

History of art *

Ancient Near Eastern Art, a timeline from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Art of the Ancient Near East
A list of website links by Chris Witcombe.

Mesopotamia
A website from The British Museum.

Archaeological material from Mesopotamia and from pre-classical Syria-Palestine (3rd-1st millennium BC).
The Vatican collection.

Persian Art Through the Centuries
Iransaga

ALGERIA *

See: Algeria

ARABIC ART/SAUDI ARABIA *

See also: Saudi Arabia

Arab.net. Countries covered: 
Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab emirates, Yemen.

3ArabTV

Arabic Art. 4Arabs
An Arabic arts and literature search engine and directory.

BAHRAIN *

The Bahrain Arts Society

Bahrain National Museum of Art

DesMena design magazine for The Middle East and North Africa
desMena tries to take a fresh look at Middle East and North African designs and  projects.

Museum of Contemporary Art Bahrain

Ministry of Culture and Information, Bahrain.

Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa
Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa paintings cover a diverse range of artistic genres. Wikipedia

Rashid Al Khalifa’s website.
Born and bred in Bahrain, Rashid Al Khalifa moved to England in 1972 and studied Art and Design at Brighton and Hastings Art College. In 1975, Rashid returned to Bahrain and founded the Bahrain Art Society, aiming to encourage fellow artists.

ISRAEL *

See: Israel

JORDAN *

See: Jordan

KURDISTAN *

Kurdistan TV Satellite Channel

KUWAIT *

Art Kuwait
Art Kuwait is an online source  of arts and culture news from Kuwait. Here you can find information about Kuwaiti and international artists, and check upcoming art exhibitions and art events.

The list of art galleries and art museums in Kuwait 

Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah: Home
(DAI) is a cultural organisation based on a Kuwaiti private art collection owned by Sheikh Nasser Sabah.

Museum of Modern Art. Art Kuwait

LEBANON *

See: Lebanon

LIBYA *

Libya ,the art. Encyclopedia Britannica
Libyan culture highlights folk art and traditions, which are highly influenced by Islam. The arts of weaving, embroidery, metal engraving, and leatherwork.

The Arts – Libya Travel and Tours

Libya Rock Art
Prehistoric rock art and drawings of the Wadi al-Ajal, Libya

Arts in Libya. Wikipedia

The Culture Trip: Libya Art, Culture and Travel Guide

Arts and Culture, Libya. The British Council

Libyana
A site dedicated to Libyan art and culture. Libyana is a collective, volunteer effort of a group of Libyan women and men who love their culture and heritage. Samples of Libyan history, literature, art, music, and folklore.

MOROCCO (MAROC), MARRAKESH, AGADIR *

See: Morocco

NEAR EASTERN ART, NORTH AFRICAN ART *

The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project (State Archives of Assyria)
A collection of all published and unpublished Neo-Assyrian texts in an electronic database.

Costume. Ancient Near East Costumes.

Journal of Assyrian Studies

Middle East and Jewish Studies. Ancient and Medieval Middle East. 
Columbia University

Nineveh, Assyria. Nineyeh Online. News, history.

Phoenicia, Phoenicians
A compilation of studies about the ancient Canaanite people of the Middle East, the Phoenicians.

OMAN *

Ghalyas Museum of Modern Art

Lonely Planet guide to Oman.

Muscat Daily
Launched on October 10, 2009, Muscat Daily is today the largest selling newspaper in the Sultanate of Oman. Muscatdaily.com is the online version of the 28-page daily broadsheet that is published by Oman’s top publishing house, Apex Press and Publishing, and is meant for those who want to follow the latest news about Oman online.

Oman Arabic Daily

PALESTINE *

See: Palestine: art and museum, a guide to websites.

QATAR *

Qatar National Museum

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Mathaf (‘museum’ in Arabic) is an institution dedicated to Arab culture and creativity. The museum is home to a permanent collection of Middle Eastern art .

The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Explore the Museum of Islamic Art website, representing the full scope of Islamic art across three contintents over 1400 years.

Sheikh Faisal Museum

Qatar, Wikipedia entry.

National Council for Culture Arts & Heritage 

Qatar Museums
Qatar Museums brings together museums, public art and cultural heritage in Qatar.

artsQatar
Qatar art news, reviews and events.

The Peninsula On-line: Qatar’s English daily newspaper.

SYRIAN ARABIC REPUBLIC *

See: Syria

TUNISIAN (TUNIS) ART AND CULTURE *

See: Tunisia (Tunis)

Bardo Museum (Le Musee National du Bardo)

Carthage National Museum

Wikipedia entry on the culture of Tunisia

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES *

See: United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Muuseum

The Art Dubai Art Fair

Dubai travel & Culture Services
A tour operator site about UAE.

YEMEN *

The British-Yemeni Society
Articles and news.

The history, culture and architecture of Yemen.
Yemen Gateway

The Queen of Sheba website.

Yemen: The arts. Encyclopedia Britannica

Yemen Art & Architecture. Facebook

Nafas Art Magazine, from Universes in Universe

UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Yemen