Oriental manuscripts of Leiden University Libraries in British Museum
Oriental manuscripts and early photographs of Leiden University Libraries are on view in the British Museum, London, from 26 January to 15 April 2012.
From 26 January to 15 April 2012 the British Museum features the exhibition 'Hajj - journey to the heart of Islam'. This exhibition traces experiences of the great pilgrimage to Mecca from across history and across the world. The rituals surrounding Hajj, the pilgrims’ journeys, and the importance of Mecca itself will be explored through archaeological artefacts from the historic routes, paintings, textiles and contemporary photography and artwork from collections across the UK, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The UBL is a prominent lender to this exhibition with Oriental manuscripts and photographs from the collections of the Netherlands' best-known Islamic scholar, Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, who converted to Islam and visited the holiest place of Islam in 1885.
With six million visitors each year the British Museum is one of the foremost museums in the world. For the UBL this is a choice opportunity to show its Oriental collections to a very wide audience.