Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Haj at British Musuem

Visitors are taken on a journey to the city Muslims call Makka al-Mukarrama (Mecca, the Blessed), just as pilgrims have done for hundreds of years and as Prince Charles will when he formally opens the exhibition later this month. A large black cuboid, hung with intricately woven Islamic textiles, rises at the heart of the show in the centre of the BM’s circular reading room. It represents the ka’ba (pictured above), the black stone that the prophet Abraham is said to have built and which pilgrims circle seven times as part of the haj ritual.

The haj: Journey of faith | The Economist

An interesting and first of a kind exhibit at the British Museum. Worth a visit!

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