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Wednesday, April 1, 1998 Published at 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK



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Muslim artist exhibits in Vatican
image: [ Ahmed Moustafa's work combines Arabic calligraphy and modern painting techniques ]
Ahmed Moustafa's work combines Arabic calligraphy and modern painting techniques

The Vatican is hosting an exhibition of work by a Muslim artist for the first time. Exhibits by Ahmed Moustafa, one of Egypt's foremost artists, were unveiled by the Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze at the historic Gregorian Institute in Rome. The BBC's Rome correspondent Orla Guerin reports:


[ image: Ahmed Moustafa: the first Muslim to have work exhibited in the Vatican]
Ahmed Moustafa: the first Muslim to have work exhibited in the Vatican
The exhibition, called "Where the Two Oceans Meet", is making religious history. It is the first time the Vatican has hosted an event of this kind.

Opening the exhibition, the Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said that through art religions and hearts could meet. The Vatican is hoping this exhibition can increase contacts between Muslims and Christians.


Ahmed Moustafa: 'Dialogue and mutual respect are the only way man can live happily' (16')
Pope John Paul II is determined to improve relations between the Christian and Muslim worlds and this exhibition is another step on that road. The Gregorian Institute invited him to show his work as a result of the Pope's call for encounters between different religions as part of the preparations for the new millennium.


[ image: The show attempts to bring Christians and Muslims together]
The show attempts to bring Christians and Muslims together
The artist Ahmed Moustafa is a painter, artist and scholar of international repute. For years his art has been celebrated all over the globe. He is a modern practitioner of an ancient tradition - Arabic calligraphy. For Muslims, it is a sacred art - this was the language which God spoke to the Prophet.


[ image: Moustafa's work is highly detailed]
Moustafa's work is highly detailed
While Ahmed Moustafa's inspiration is Arabic script, his work shows modern European influences. He has spent half a century refining the techniques used in his dramatic geometric paintings and tapestries.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Ahmed Moustafa said he was moved to see his work on display in such a location. He said that his work is looking for a universal language - regardless of faith, colour or frontiers.
 





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