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The Institutionalization of Islamic Art and Architecture by the Aga Khan Foundation

Ahmad Hamid

in Hassan Fathy and Continuity in Islamic Arts and Architecture

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163418
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970146 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163418.003.0002
The Institutionalization of Islamic Art and Architecture by the Aga Khan Foundation

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One of the most integrative forces of the Aga Khan Award was in bringing historians, including art and architectural historians, into close proximity with the contemporary practice of architecture. Prince Aga Khan defined his mission along the western models of philanthropy and business. Islamic architecture found in the Aga Khan Award a patron-institution similar to what modern art had found earlier in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Museum of Modern Art became a patron body for modern art that fostered new paradigms. The schism between synthesis and classification in academia extends to architectural criticism, which contains two distinct approaches, namely, prescriptive and descriptive.

Keywords: prescriptive criticism; descriptive criticism; Aga Khan Award; museum; seminars

Chapter.  10627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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