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A Falcon's Eye : Tribute to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani

2 August 2020 – 10 April 2021

Sheikh Saoud was passionate about cabinets of curiosities and the combination between natural history and antiquities in particular. The exhibition will pay tribute to his collecting vision through an eclectic display including natural history, antiquities, jewellery, photography and modern and contemporary artworks that will recall the cabinets of curiosities’ tradition.

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Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts

23rd of October 2019 - 18th January 2020

In celebration of the 2019 Year of Culture Qatar-India, the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is delighted to present an exhibition on magnificent gems and jewellery from India. Set in Stone: Gems and Jewels from Royal Indian Courts will showcase more than 100 spectacular pieces from across Qatar Museums’ collection, including many masterpieces that have never been displayed before. Drawing from MIA’s permanent collection

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The Great Mosque of Damascus, Photo courtesy of: Marc Pelletreau

Syria Matters

22 NOVEMBER 2018 - 30 APRIL 2019

This exhibition will bring to life the multifaceted layers of Syria’s architectural and cultural history going as far back as the country’s early pre-Islamic past and will explore its many contributions to world history.

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Powder and Damask:
Islamic Arms and Armour from the collection of Fadel Al-Mansoori

27 August 2017 to 12 May 2018
Islamic arms and armour from the private collection of Fadel Al Mansoori.

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Imperial Threads:
Motifs and artisans from Turkey, Iran and India

14 March 2017 to 27 January 2018
A new perspective to the Museum of Islamic Art’s collection by showing the connection between three major dynasties who mark the start of the early modern period in Islamic art.

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Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend

7 July 2016 - 25 February 2017

Eastern Gallery, 4th Floor, Museum of Islamic Art 
The temporary exhibition is curated by Qatar Museums’ 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum and will present a unique collection of artefacts from the boxing legend’s career, including photography from Ali’s outdoor exhibition bout at the Doha Stadium in 1971 and memorabilia spanning his journey to the 1960 Rome Olympics; Ali’s world title winning bout against Sonny Liston in 1964 and his final world title winning fight against Leon Spinks in New Orleans in 1978.

Qajar Woman

Qajar Women: Images of Women in 19th century Iran

8 April 2015 - 11 June 2016
This exhibition showcases Qajar artwork from the MIA collection that demonstrate the centrality of women in the artistic expression of 19th-century Iran and explores how these historic innovations continue to inspire contemporary artists.
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The Hunt

The Hunt: Princely Pursuits in Islamic Lands

16 September 2015 - 9 January 2016
The act of hunting, rich with symbolism and pageantry, was (and in some places continues to be) an essential element in the lifestyle of rulers throughout the Islamic world. As such, images of the hunt are commonly found in Islamic art, whether in lavishly illustrated manuscripts, inlaid metalwork or colourful ceramics.
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Marvellous Creatures

Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art

4 March - 31 July 2015
This exhibition focuses on the real and mythical animals that feature in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world.

Divided into the natural quadrants of earth, air, fire, and water, these marvellous creatures serve as the introductions and bridges for the stories in which they feature – including well-known and beloved classics like the Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and 1001 Nights.
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Mughal and Safavid Albums

Mughal and Safavid Albums

17 September 2014 - 14 February 2015 

This exhibition displayed a selection of MIA’s miniature paintings and calligraphic compositions that were once part of Safavid and Mughal-era albums
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The Tiger's Dream

The Tiger's Dream: Tipu Sultan

29 September 2014 - 24 January 2015
This exhibition delved into the life and times of Tipu Sultan, the South Indian ruler, statesman, and patron. Drawn entirely from the MIA collection, and featuring many objects which have never been displayed in Qatar, the centerpiece is a group of 24 paintings showing Tipu’s victory at the Battle of Pollilur in 1780.
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Ceramics of al-Andalus

Ceramics of al-Andalus

30 April - 30 August 2014
Focusing on rare and beautiful ceramics from Spain, the objects on display exemplify the blending of Muslim and Christian artistic motifs. Through the display of Andalusi ceramics, we highlight our philosophy of collecting and conserving key objects in the history of Islamic art to show why and how a museum collection is developed.

Kings & Pawns

Kings & Pawns: Board Games from India to Spain

19 March - 21 June 2014
The exhibition focused heavily on chess, from its origins in India to its adoption by the Persian élite and its subsequent spread across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe following the rise of Islam. However, a significant part of Kings and Pawns examined other board games with Indian and Islamic connections such as ‘pachisi’ (ludo), and ‘gyan chaupar’ (snakes and ladders), bringing to life the spread of ideas and shared culture over the centuries.



15 January - 29 March 2014
A contemporary photographic exhibition featuring artworks by German artist Antje Hanebeck. The eleven handmade 'photogravure" prints were her photographic interpretations of the space and architecture of the iconic MIA building.'

Hajj: The Journey Through Art

Hajj: The Journey Through Art

9 October 2013 - 5 January 2014
This MIA-curated exhibition took visitors on a journey exploring and illuminating the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. It presented artworks from MIA and objects from Qatari collections. The exhibition examined the history of this pilgrimage through the centuries, focusing on the rituals of Hajj as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return.

Steel and Gold

Steel and Gold – Historic Swords from the MIA collection

15 May - 14 December 2013
The first entirely in-house MIA exhibition, 'Steel and Gold' displayed some of the finest examples of swords dating from the 9th to the 20th centuries, as well as swords depicted in manuscripts and historical designs. These objects were examined not just as weapons but also from historic and geographic contexts.
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Ferozkoh: Tradition and Continuity in Afghan Art

20 March - 20 July 2013
This MIA-curated exhibition was created in partnership with the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. It showcased twinned pairs of objects: artworks created by Afghan artists, and their inspiration -- masterpieces from the collection at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar. This resulted in a dialogue between past and present, old and new, the richness of tradition and the vibrancy of modern Afghanistan.
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