The amazing thing about Qatar is that when I.M. Pei says “It would be nice if my new building could live on a private island so as never to be clouded in future building,” they say, “sure.” While more went into the creation of the new Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, than that simple exchange, it’s nonetheless (and actually much more) remarkable. Museums around the globe may be rethinking the big bang theory of famed architects, but for this, and the intent of making Qatar an arts destination, the inclusion of Pei makes sense.

In case you missed last week’s coverage in the New York Times, a few favorites from the Museum of Islamic Art slide show follow.

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