Light served as the main inspiration for Pritzker Prize–winning architect Fumihiko Maki when tackling this commission. Situated on seventeen acres, the building is saturated with light, and, depending on the time of day, it animates the walls with color. The museum, a passion project of Aga Khan (a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad), is meant to foster a mutual understanding and respect between cultures, and to highlight the creative contributions of Islam. The collection comprises over 1,000 pieces of art, pottery, manuscripts, and drawings.

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