Institut du Monde Arabe
A bridge between East and West
L’Institut du Monde Arabe, a partnership between France and all the members of the League of Arab States, is a private foundation whose mission is to raise awareness – or create awareness – among the French and European public about the contributions of l’Institut du Monde Arabe to the world civilization as well as promoting dialogue between East and West.
To develop and further studying, knowledge and understanding of the Arab world, its language, its civilization and its development efforts.
To foster cultural exchanges, communication and cooperation between France and the Arab world, especially in science and technology.
To participate in the development of relations between France and the Arab world, contributing to the enhancement of relations between the latter and the rest of Europe.
A multidisciplinary space
L’Institut du Monde Arabe, which opened in 1987, has quickly settled in Paris’ very dense cultural fabric. From the onset, the Arab World Institute was launched alongside an Arab-Muslim museum, a library and an auditorium which all helped, year after year, offer a diverse programming, covering all areas of arts and cultures in the Arab world -music, movies, dance, visual arts, photography as well as activities for younger audiences- and opened discussions and exchanges of ideas throughout numerous and regular meetings, seminars as well as conferences on top of the publishing of a quarterly magazine called Qantara. Arab language and civilization courses are also provided.