the heart of Islam
26 January – 15 April 2012
The exhibition is now closed
In partnership with
King Abdulaziz Public Library
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
HSBC Amanah has supported the exhibition's international reach outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Recommend this exhibition
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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.
This major exhibition charted the history of this deeply personal journey. Over 140,000 people from across the UK and the world visited the exhibition.
The Museum asked people to share their most vivid memory of Hajj or Umra. Over 400 people submitted their particular memory, helping the British Museum create a picture of what this journey is like.
"An exhibition of profound cultural importance"
The exhibition featured many beautiful objects, including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts.
A number of objects borrowed for this exhibition will be recommended for protection under Part 6 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (protection of cultural objects on loan).
Images: Bottom left: © Peter Sanders Photography. Middle: Hajj certificate (detail). 17th–18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust). Bottom right: 10. Reem al Faisal, view from Jabal al-Rahma (The Mount of Mercy) at Arafat, 2009.