The idea that contemporary Islamic culture is inward looking was contradicted from the word go by the invitation to IM Pei to be the chief architect of the project. The Chinese born American considered by many to be a master in his field was gently coaxed out of retirement to design the building. Most agree he has done a stupendous job. You may know him for, among many other projects, the glass pyramid outside the Louvre.
From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by taliesyn30.
The writer of that piece is to be applauded. Tis no easy feat to write whilst enjoying multiple orgasms.