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Artifacts and AllegiancesHow Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display$
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Peggy Levitt

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286061

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286061.001.0001

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Arabia and the East

Arabia and the East

How Singapore and Doha Display the Nation and the World

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Artifacts and Allegiances

Peggy Levitt

University of California Press

This chapter examines how Singapore and Doha display the nation and the world through museums. New museums are on the drawing board in Doha as part of a strategic master plan to use cultural institutions, along with various other tools, to reposition Qatar as a regional, if not global, player. Singapore is also using cultural policies and institutions to solidify its place as a regional, if not global, economic power. Singapore is making museums part of a strategy to attract businesses and create national citizens with an Asian global outlook. This chapter considers how Singapore and Qatar express their respective approaches to cosmopolitanism through cultural heritage and museums such as the Asian Civilizations Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art, respectively.

Keywords:   museums, Doha, cultural institutions, Qatar, Singapore, citizens, cosmopolitanism, Asian Civilizations Museum, Museum of Islamic Art, cultural heritage

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