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British Museum (Curators: Qaisra Khan and Venetia Porter)
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
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The first major exhibition dedicated to the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. The exhibition presents a magnificent array of ancient and beautiful objects from across the Middle East, Europe and Africa including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts,  – many of which have never been shown before. 

“This exhibition will enable a global audience to deepen their understanding of the significance and history of the Hajj. In particular, it will allow non-Muslims to explore the one aspect of Islamic practice and faith which they are not able to witness, but which plays such a major part in forming a worldwide Islamic consciousness.“ (Neil MacGregor, Director, British Museum)
Picture: Hajj certificate (detail). 17th–18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust).