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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site

 

Hajj among pilgrimages

Malise Ruthven, author of Islam in the World, and Tim Winter, Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, discuss the contemporary experience of Hajj.

This exploration of the unique nature of Hajj examines its relationship to pilgrimage experiences across cultures and faiths, considering its anthropological grammar and its expression as a ritual or a rite of passage.

This event took place on 23 March 2012.

Related to the exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam 

Image: Hajj certificate (detail). 17th–18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust)

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