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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 stories: Zain Bhikha


The British Museum is asking for memories of Hajj or Umrah to create a picture of what this journey is like.


Here Zain Bhikha shares his experience of Hajj. Recorded at the festival Living Islam.


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Zain Bhikha

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All Hajj exhibition videos

  Hajj exhibition introduction video

Introduction to the exhibition

One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able.

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  Hajj stories

Hajj stories highlights

We asked what Hajj means to you. Here some Hajjis share their memorable experiences.

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Reflections on the exhibition

Over 140,000 people from across the UK and the world visited the exhibition Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam at the British Museum in 2012.

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A grand departure to Mecca

One of the star objects of the exhibition is this magnificent mahmal which would have travelled on top of a camel on the route to Mecca.

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