Several museums featuring Arabic script calligraphy have opened in the last few years, highlighting a growing worldwide interest in this art form.

The Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy in Kuwait opened on March 14, 2007. According to the museum website, “its aim is to trace the development of the Arabic script.” The collection belongs to Tareq Sayed Rajab (former Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums of Kuwait) and includes a variety of calligraphic work dating from the 7th century until today.

Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

Tareq Rajab Museum of Islamic Calligraphy

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha, Qatar opened in 2007. The MIA was designed by architect I.M. Pei and planned in coordination with the British Museum. The museum’s collection dates from the 7th century to today, and its calligraphy represents a range of media such as Korans and manuscripts, ceramics, tiraz and coins. The museum is located on an artificial island accessible by pedestrian bridge. It aims to be the foremost museum of Islamic art in the world, and according to its website, “a centre of education and information in the field of the arts of the Islamic world.”

Visit each museum’s website for information about fees and hours of operation.

Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art