art at Vatican | By Richard Owen
TIMES | Wednesday, 1st April 1998
art at Vatican
Interior in the Exterior by Ahmed Moustafa, dominates
the first exhibition of works by a Muslim artist staged at the Vatican
this week. It is a move seen as part of the Pope's attempt at reconciling
the world's three monotheistic religions - Islam, Judaism and Christianity
- for the millennium (Richard Owen writes). Cardinal Francis Arinze
of Nigeria said the work of Moustafa, who was born in Egypt but
lives and works in Britain, was a mark of "the hope that Christians
and Muslims can accept one another's differences and work together".
Cardinal Arinze said the artist had been chosen by the Vatican because
he drew on "a common stream of mystical experience".