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About Shangri La

Shangri La is a center for Islamic arts and cultures, offering guided tours, residencies for scholars and artists, and programs with the purpose of improving understanding of the Islamic world.  Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from India, Iran, Morocco and Syria. 

 

Our Mission

Our Mission

DDFIA's mission is to promote the study and understanding of Islamic arts and cultures.

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Timeline

Timeline

A chronology, spanning from 1912 to the Present, of Doris Duke and the house she built.

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History

History

The history of Shangri La is the story of people, place and place-making.

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