In its boldest development in a generation, the louvre museum has a new wing dedicated to islamic art, a project that comes at a tense time between the west and the muslim world. louvre curators tout their new islamic art department, which took 11 years to build and opened to the public on saturday, as a way to help bridge cultural divides. they say it offers a highbrow and respectful counterpart to the recent unflattering depictions of the prophet muhammad in western media that have sparked protests by many muslims.
posted: 9/23/2012 8:00 AM
Amid cultural clash, Louvre honors Islamic art
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