​​​​​Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World is a bilingual, peer-reviewed online resource providing free in-depth information on modern and contemporary artists from the Arab world. The Research and Curatorial team at Mathaf have commissioned scholars and independent researchers to author Encyclopedia entries, since the start of the project in 2013, as part of the development of Mathaf and production of knowledge arou​​nd its permanent collection.

The Encyclopedia standardizes data on Arab artists encouraging multiple perspectives on the history of art in the context of multiple modernities internationally. In addition, it provides scholarly essays and interviews with artists sharing a variety of voices and  positions, placing the Encyclopedia entries in wider narratives and contexts.​

Mathaf Encyclopedia continues to develop and publish entries on all artists from Mathaf's growing Permanent Collection and beyond. In doing so it continues to support the exchange of knowledge and building of networks between researchers and scholars around the world.​

​This project is made possible with the support of Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums

​​​Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art / Qatar Museums / Qatar Foundation

Chairperson, Qatar Foundation​

H. H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Chair of Board of Trustees, Qatar Museums

H. E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani​

ِAdvisor for Cultural Affairs, Qatar Foundation – Mathaf Patron

H. E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani​

CEO, Qatar Museums

Ahmad Al Namla      

Director, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Dr. Abdellah Karroum​

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Curatorial and Research team

Lina Ramadan, Assistant Curator

Noora Husain, Curatorial Assistant

Wadha Al-Aqeedi, Curatorial Assistant 

Academic Advisors

Prof. Salah Hassan; Ranjit Hoskote;​ Prof. Nada Shabout; Dr. Rachida Triki  ​

Editorial Peer Review Board

Prof. Salah Hassan;  Dr. Anneka Lenssen; Dr. Yasser Mongy; Prof. Nada Shabout; Dr. Ismail Nashef


Dr. Saleem al-Bahloly;Dr. Dina Bangdel; Laura Barlow; Dr. Emma Chubb; Dr. Clare Davies; Prof. Hamid Dabashi, Sarah Dwider; Tiffany Floyd; Dr. Jessica Gerschultz; Samina Iqbal; Dr. Nadira Laggo​une;​​ Dr. Sonja Mejcher-Attasi; Dr. Holiday Powers; Dr. Nadia Radwan; Dr. Sarah Rogers; Dr. Kirsten Scheid; Dr. Alexandra Dika Seggerman; Mena el-Shazly; Dr. Tina Sherwell; Dr. Samia Touati; Dr. Farid Zahi.


Ismail Fayed; Tarek Ghanem; Vivane Hamza; Dr. Wafaa Zeinalabidin; Dr. Farid Zahi​.

Collaborating Editorial and Research Team

William Dietz (English); Viviane Hamza (Arabic); Ranjit Hoskote; Basel Jbaily (Arabic)​; Abdellah Karroum; Fatma Mostafawi; Dr. Samia Touati.

Operations and Administrations 

Nahed Al Emadi; Hanadi Al Dosari; Haifa Al Obaidli  

Online Publishing and System Admin

Shaikha Ahmed Ali; Maha Abou Jaoude; Melvin Flores



Yousef Ahmad, Suad al-Attar, Ismail Azzam, Dia Azzawi, Salim al-Dabbagh, Mohanna Durra, Sliman Mansour.​

Artists and Estates

The Ahmed Cherkaoui Estate; Hala Schoukair; the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation; Georges G. Corm Estate; Joseph and Aline Faloughi; Paul Guiragossian Foundation​; Salam Atta Sabri (Artist, former Director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad); The Fahrelnissa Zeid Estate; The Amal Kenawy Estate.​

Individuals and Affiliations

H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D (Chairman of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Doha); Saleh Hadi (Coordinator of Cultural Affairs' Office, Qatar Foundation, Doha); Mohammed Hammam Fekri (Senior Heritage Specialist, Cultural Affairs Advisor Office, Qatar Foundation, Doha); Octavian Esanu (Curator of the American University of Beirut Art Galleries, Beirut); Dr. Ahmed Megahed (Director of the General Egyptian Book Organization, Cairo); Dr. Mohamed Jassim al-Zaini (Quality Medicine Reviewer, Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha); Mahmoud Chams Eddin (Managing Director of PiuPlus Art & Design; Mohammed Nasser Al-Obidan (General Secretary of al-Jasra Cultural and Social Club, Doha); Mohamed Saeed Ibrahim (General Secretary of al-Jasra Cultural and Social Club, Doha); Charles Pocock (Managing Director of Meem Gallery, Dubai); Emad Badr el-Din Mahmoud Ghazy Archives, Cairo; Nadeen East; Rowan El-Shimi; Emad M. Mola; Yousif Mariwany; Khristine Khoury (independent researcher); Sefa Saglam (Chief Museums Officer, Qatar Museums).


Moesgård Museum, Højbjerg; Meem Gallery, Dubai; Adam Henein Foundation, Cairo; Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich; Galerie Venise Cadre, Casablanca; Qatar National Research Fund, Doha; University College London in Qatar; Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar; Qatar Museums Information Management Division; The Agricultural Museum, Cairo; Barjeel Art Foundation, Dubai; Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria; Collection of Société Général, Casablanca; Darat Al Funun, Amman; General Information Organization, Cairo; Egyptian State Information Services, Cairo; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Art, Amman; Modern Art Iraq Archive; Museum of Egyptian Modern Art, Cairo; Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait.