Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Paul Melton


At a time of rapid globalization, throughout the world and within the art market, there remain political tensions between the East and West. Through the ideology of art being a global language with the ability to bridge cultures, foster pluralism, and provide understandings in differences, the study will examine traditional Islamic society and art in order to understand new forms of modern and contemporary Islamic art produced by females. By focusing on works of art by Shirin Neshat, Lalla Essaydi, and Anila Quayyum Agha, the thesis will analyze the artists claim with the Islamic faith and culture, while politicizing that claim to challenge barriers and preconceived notions in either the East or West, or both. Furthermore, the study will explore the distribution and reception to understand the marketplace for this genre of work.