Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam
Opens: 26/01/2012 Closes: 15/04/2012 British Museum, LondonIn the first show of its kind, the British Museum examines the concepts surrounding a core principle of the Muslim faith - the pilgrimage to Mecca. Touching on how the journey and its destination have evolved, through archaeological material and interpretations by contemporary artists, a cultural phenomenon is illuminated. For more information visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hajj.aspx Buy: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hajj/book_tickets.aspx
Evening Standard“I am inclined to commend a Hajj to Bloomsbury...” I came away from this exhibition grateful to be so much better informed. It is what multiculturalism should be - information, instruction and understanding, academically rigorous, leaving both cultures (the enquiring and the enquired) intact...
The Independent“The mysteries of Hajj are not yielded up lightly...” There has rarely been a more pressing need in this country to shed light on Islam...
The Telegraph“With its emphasis on unitary oneness, Islamic art is in essence abstract...” The emphasis of the exhibition is less on the objects’ aesthetic qualities than on what they tell us about the Hajj as a total act and experience...
Guardian“Yet another great idea by the British Museum...” This is one of the most brilliant exhibitions the British Museum has put on – and certainly the most confrontational, in its enthusiasm for a religion regularly represented in the British media as violent and extreme...
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