"Light of the Sufis" at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Now through August 8, 2010, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts will host Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam, an exhibit that "focuses on some of the most important Sufi ideas and practices that found expression through the arts of the Islamic world."

From the museum overview:

Featuring objects that span the 9th century to the present, Light of the Sufis includes furnishings used for mosque lighting; attributes and representations of Sufi mystics; illustrated, illuminated, and laser-etched manuscripts of Sufi poetry; and contemporary works inspired by Sufi principles and practices. Among the outstanding objects on view are late-19th-century photographs of Sufi dervishes; various examples of kashkuls, or beggar´s bowls; and the aforementioned manuscripts and album folios containing Sufi poetry. The show also includes a reading space for visitors who would like to learn more about Islamic art and the themes in the exhibition. Books and other materials on Islamic art, Sufism, Islam, and poetry will appeal to a variety of age ranges and interests.