Not One But Two Exhibition Rooms Dedicated To The Muslim World At The British Museum | Alternative Fruit
Muslim culture has been given a real kick-start recently, it was only last week when Alternative Fruit reported on the welcome influx of Muslim thought in the United States recently. Especially designed to appeal to museum visitors of all ages, things to see at every eye level adorn the cabinets and shelves in this new showing. Not specifically about the Islamic Religion, although clearly an important factor in the Muslim world, the demonstration attempts to illuminate us on the human and artistic side of the culture.
From metallurgy from Herat, full of its intricate geometric detail, to a bowl sporting a stylised duck symbol as part of an 11th century Nihavand hoard, this collection has a vast scope. All the various geographical locations under the Islamic cultural blanket are represented on site in a similar way to their geography. This can give visitors a true sense of the area and learn about where various ideas come from in relation to each other.
Themed collections appear at various locations, which will be shifted and changed at regular intervals. This means that visiting twice will not leave anyone disappointed. Items that were considered everyday but now rest firmly in intrigue and valuable history such as charms, games, water filters, and musical instruments are kept in like for like gatherings and placed around the two widely stocked rooms. Getting a real feel for the people of the period that each showing represents from their everyday items is really enlightening.
In the first room, all artefacts date from pre 1500 AD. This exhibit contains items from the pre-Islamic land of Palmyra. Tragically destroyed by misguided people in recent years, this archaeological site still holds huge antiquarian value. It's hoped that the exhibition will help people who visit the British Museum to be educated and informed on the world of Muslim people today and in the past. We perhaps get an unfair bias when the news repeats the same negative sides, and it's great that the British Museum are working to address this positively.
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Via The Evening Standard