Mirjam Shatanawi lecturer at the Reinwardt Academy part of Amsterdam University of the Arts. She studied Arabic at the University of Amsterdam and the History of Africa and Asia in London (SOAS). She has been associated with the Tropenmuseum as a curator between 2001-2018. Her research focuses on the place of the image in Islamic culture. She analyses visual culture as a religious phenomenon in the context of the image as research field for Western art historians.
Till 2018 Mirjam Shatanawi was curator of Middle Eastern and North African collections at the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), for which she has curated exhibitions such as Urban Islam (2003), Inside Iran (2006), Palestine 1948 (2008), Escher Meets Islamic Art (2013) and The Sixties: A worldwide happening (2015).
Mirjam Shatanawi is author of Islam at the Tropenmuseum (LM Publishers 2014) and Islam in beeld: kunst en cultuur van moslims wereldwijd (SUN 2009), in which she takes a critical look at the history of the Tropenmuseum’s islamic collections.