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.

Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam

Left: The Ka’ba, AP/PA. Right: Hajj certificate (detail), 17th–18th century AD, Khalili Family Trust

Left: The Ka’ba, AP/PA. Right: Hajj certificate (detail), 17th–18th century AD, Khalili Family Trust

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.


Oriental collections

Image of the Ka'ba as the centre of the world (MS Leiden University Library, Or. 12.365, f. 90b)

Image of the Ka'ba as the centre of the world (MS Leiden University Library, Or. 12.365, f. 90b)

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.


Last Modified: 30-01-2012