A celebration of Muslim art
Bayt al-Fann showcases everything from ancient scriptures to modern architecture
The Muslim world is often depicted as rife with conflict and violence. On television and mobile screens, Muslim lands are all too often cast as sites of battle and invasion, coups and famines, dictators and warlords.
Bayt al-Fann (“House of Art” in Arabic) redefines that perception. Barely half a year old, the UK-based, artist-led social media initiative has already amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram and almost 30,000 on Twitter.
From the kaleidoscopic mosque ceilings of Uzbekistan to the technicolour houses of Muslim neighbourhoods in Ethiopia and South Africa, its feeds showcase expressions of art and culture, architecture and history that defy every stereotype and preconception of the Muslim world.
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