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Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam

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© Ahmed Mater and EOA Projects
Ahmed Mater (b. 1979). Magnetism. Photogravure etching. 2011
An exhibition about the Hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is central to the Muslim faith. The show examines the significance of the Hajj as one of the 'Five Pillars of Islam', exploring its importance for Muslims and looking at how this spiritual journey has evolved through history. Three key strands are explored: the pilgrim's journey, with an emphasis on the major routes used across time (from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East); the Hajj today, its associated rituals and what the experience means to the pilgrim; and Mecca, the destination of Hajj, its origins and importance. On display are artefacts, including archaeological material, manuscripts, textiles and photographs, as well as contemporary art works that reveal the enduring impact of Hajj around the world.

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Octavia Hare

Excellent! I would encourge everyone to attend with an open mind and you'll be pleasantly suprised. I can finally understand why this place draws and unites over 3 million people world wide, from different creeds and colours. A must see. Well done British Museum for showcasing an educational exhibition.