Noujaim (Soraya) eds., Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Kaph Books, ("The Arts"), 2022, 96 p. ISBN 978-614-8035-18-0
Dr. Souraya Noujaim
Souraya Noujaim began her career at Musée du Louvre and has since worked for major cultural institutions. As part of the “Grand Louvre” project, she took part in the opening of the first Islamic Art Department rooms of Musée du Louvre and in landmark exhibitions at Musée du Louvre and Grand Palais. She later worked for the British Museum to participate in the study of the collection of weights and measures in the Arabic section of the Department of Coins and Medals. She has taught at the École du Louvre for several years where in 2013 she held the Islamic Art History chair. Dr. Noujaim has organised numerous educational and cultural outreach programmes at Musée du Louvre and Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA). She is notably the author of the Catalogue raisonné de la collection d’estampilles, poids forts et autres disques en verre du Musée du Louvre (RMN) and she regularly speaks in colloquia and symposia.
A graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, she has conducted research on the brick architectural decoration of the palace of Darius in Susa. Several missions in Tehran and Susa allowed her to complete this initial work and to publish it in the book edited by J. Perrot, Le Palais de Darius à Suse (PUPS Paris, 2010). In 2006, she obtained the grant from the Leon Levy Shelby White Foundation Program for Archaeological Publication that allowed her to coordinate the online publication of reports by Roland Mecquenem, Director of Archaeological Missions in Susa from 1912 to 1939, for which she obtained the Jacques Morgan award. Laureate of the competitive entrance exam to become museum curator, she entered the National Heritage Institute (INP) in 2009 and joined the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology of Besançon in 2010, participating in its renovation, the management of its reserves and the coordination of related collections.
Head of the Resource & Documentation center of the Department of Near Eastern Antiquities of the Louvre. She has prepared majors exhibitions on Mesopotamia and archaeology of Arabia . She received a post graduate degree in Rennes, France. As an archaeologist specialized on the Arabian Peninsula and indo-iranian sphere, she had been involved in several international archaeological expeditions in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Iran and at the present time Bahrein. She is member of the CNRS unit UMR 7041, ARSCAN, VEPMO.
Dr Carine Juvin
Co-edited by Kaph Books x Louvre Abu Dhabi x Musée du Louvre.
Meet the earliest human communities known to have lived in the region; journey across deserts and along coastal routes to discover the earliest trade and cultural exchanges created by the ancient maritime and caravan trades; travel the ancient pilgrim routes that brought fresh life to the peninsula from the 7th century and finally discover the developments of the 20th century and the relationship between tradition and modernity.