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Art Gallery of New South Wales

Khaled Sabsabi

A Promise

KHALED SABSABI, The Prophet (detail)2020, 48 miniature paintings,

 acrylic paint and oil stick on photographic paper, 4.8 × 10.2 × 15.2 cm each. 

Courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

The Sufi poet Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil-Kheir (967–1049) urged his contemporaries: “To your mind feed understanding, to your heart, tolerance and compassion.” In the last few decades, Islam has been portrayed in the West as violent, warring, and extremist, its diverse sects and tenets of peace and community overshadowed…

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