​​​​​​​​A collaborative project between Qatar Museums, Qatar Foundation and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World provides a major resource on artists from the Arab world and their histories. Envisioned by H. E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, as part of the development of Mathaf and knowledge around its collection, the research team at Mathaf, under the direction of Professor Nada Shabout, former Founding Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf, initiated the process to commission scholars and independent researchers to author Encyclopedia entries.

Mathaf Encyclopedia is an online, bilingual and peer-reviewed resource that provides free access to basic facts and in depth information on modern art of the Arab world. The Encyclopedia aims to standardize the data on Arab artists and to encourage multiple perspectives on modernism in the Arab world while providing a comprehensive view on its development.

The users of the Mathaf Encyclopedia include art historians, researchers, scholars, university students, art professionals and translators seeking information on Arab modern artists, their styles, techniques, artwork, contributions, concepts, Arab art glossary and terminologies, as well as areas of specialization related to modern art in the Arab world and modernism in general. In addition to textual information, Mathaf Encyclopedia features artworks from Mathaf's permanent collection and other collections and archives, artists' signatures, audio-visual material, personal photographs and documents, publications and news media.

The Encyclopedia is a work in progress and will continue to develop to include all artists from Mathaf's permanent collection, and in subsequent phases will include Arab artists beyond the collection, as well as historically contextualizing and thematic essays on their work. Mathaf Encyclopedia is a platform that supports knowledge exchange and network between researchers and scholars around the world.

​​​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​

Vice Chair, Qatar Museum Authority – Mathaf Patron

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

Special Advisor to Chairperson and CEO, Qatar Museums

Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al Mahmoud     

Director, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Dr. Abdellah Karroum​

Academic Advisors

Prof. Salah Hassan; Prof. Nada Shabout  ​

Editorial Peer Review Board

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

Researchers and Authors

Dr. Saleem al-Bahloly;Dr. Dina BangdelEmma Chubb; Dr. Clare Davies; 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.


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


William Dietz (English); Viviane Hamza (Arabic); Basel Jbaily (Arabic)​; Dr. Samia Touati.

Research Assistant

Wadha Al Aqeedi; Rima Ghanem; Shuaa Salem Nasser Al Marri  ​

Senior​ Webmaster and System Admin

Abdulaziz Mohammad Zaghmout​, Qatar Museums Marketing



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.​

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.