Selected publications


  • Y a-t-il une question de l'image en Islam? Paris, Téraèdre, 2004 (new revised edition in print). German: Bilder und Bilderverbot im Islam, München, Beck, 2007. Italian: La questione dell'immagine nell'Islam, Milano, ObarraO, 2011; English translation of chapter 3, "From Rarity to Profusion (1800 to the Present), Art in Translation 6,1 (2014), 77-120,

  • A la recherche d'une modernité arabe, L'évolution des arts plastiques en Egypte, au Liban et en Irak, Genève, Slatkine, 1996 (Arabic 2008).


  • "'Hidden Treasures'? Museum Collections of Modern Art from the Arab World", in R. Daher and I. Maffi (eds.), The Politics and Practices of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East, Positioning the Material Past in Contemporary Society, Londres, I.B. Tauris, 2014, 270-289

  • "Not Only for Art's Sake: Exhibiting Iraqi Art in the West after 2003", in J. Tejel, P. Sluglett, R. Bocco and H. Bozarslan (eds.), Writing the Modern History of Iraq, Historiographical and Political Challenges, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing, 2012, 475-500

  • "Figurer le corps féminin, entre pratique artistique et perception sociale", in Le corps dévoilé, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, 2012, 95-105

  • "Les arts visuels dans le monde arabe entre globalisation et spécificités locales", Berne, Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011 (Conférences de l'Académie, Cahier XX)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Swiss Asia Society

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • President of the Committee of the Centre de la Photographie de Genève (CPG), Geneva


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