Sameer Rahim is arts and books editor of Prospect

A great 16th-century Qur’an gets the attention it deserves

A meticulous study of the Chester Beatty Ruzbihan Qur’an does justice to the ingenuity of its calligrapher

19 Jul 2018

Pilgrims and parrots in Jordan’s city of mosaics

Madaba preserves traces of the ancient Greek-Christian culture of the Middle East

19 Mar 2018
Detail of a scroll drawing showing the ten avatars of Vishnu, c. 1771–79, Andhra Pradesh, India. © Victoria and Albert Museum

A comparative approach to religious art

An ambitious, if limited, exhibition compares the early traditions of five faiths

19 Jan 2018

Puppet master: an interview with Wael Shawky

The Egyptian artist Wael Shawky talks to Apollo about his animated versions of the Crusades

14 Jan 2017

Letter from Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is not a mosque, but a shrine. But a shrine to what?

28 Sep 2015