Should We Stop Calling It ‘Islamic Art’?

“The very concept of ‘Islamic art’ is alien to the cultures that adhered to Islam, but that apparently has never troubled the scholars who hold forth on the subject in their books as in their university lectures. … The denial of cultural identity in such a meaningless phrase is deeply resented in those Islamic lands, which have ancient cultures that are considerably longer than any West European nation.”

Source: International Herald Tribune 03/10/12