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Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen is the curator responsible for the Arab World collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and a specialist in the Islamic Mediterranean, especially al-Andalus and the Maghrib, as well as the wider material culture connections around the Mediterranean during the medieval period. 

She has a D.Phil. in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and is the author of Islamic Arts from Spain (V&A, 2010), as well as various co-edited volumes and many articles. Her book, Articulating the ijāba: Cultural Patronage and Political Legitimacy in al-Andalus. The ʿĀmirid Regency, c.970-1010 AD, was recently published by Brill, and is available Open Access.

In 2015, she was awarded an Art Fund New Collecting Award, to research and collect contemporary craft from Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. She curated the exhibition Contemporary Ceramic Art from the Middle East at the V&A in 2021.