Edge of Arabia is the first book to explore the extraordinary contemporary arts culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The book centres around the Edge of Arabia project, which has shed new light on a group of pioneering and relatively unknown artists practicing at the center of the Islamic world. Through the voices of curators, collectors, patrons and the artists themselves, the book illustrates the birth of a contemporary art scene in one of the world's most misunderstood countries. Showing the work of 12 pioneering artists and milestone Edge of Arabia exhibitions in London, Venice, Berlin, Istanbul and Dubai, this book offers an inspiring window into the contemporary life of a Kingdom in transition. Edge of Arabia will continue to showcase Saudi artists in Europe, the Middle East and across the United States over the next two years. Artists: Ahmed Mater, Abdulnasser Gharem, Faisal Samra, Manal Al-Dowayan, Shadia & Raja Alem, Hala Ali, Sami Al-Turki, Ayman Yossri, Mahdi Al-Jeraibi, Maha Malluh and Noha Al-Sharif. Contributors: Fady Jameel, leading collector and patron of Middle East contemporary art; Venetia Porter, Curator of the Islamic Collections in the Department of Asia, British Museum; Dr Geoffrey King, Reader in Islamic Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Abdullah Al-Turki, Creative Director of Edge of Arabia and member of Tate Museum s Middle Eastern and North African Acquisition Committee; Bashar Al-Shroogi, founder of Cuadro, the Gulf s largest non-profit art gallery; Stephen Stapleton, founder of Edge of Arabia.