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Islamic Art Exhibit Opens At The Louvre

A new Islamic Arts Department has been unveiled at Paris's Louvre Museum, with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev joining French President Francois Hollande at the opening ceremony on September 18. Intended to celebrate "the radiant face of a great civilization," according to the Louvre, the $130 million project is largely financed by donors from across the Islamic world. Some 3,000 artifacts are on display, spanning 1,300 years of Islamic history on three continents.