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Exhibition on Islamic Culture Opens at the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

October 16th, 2014
News from Berlin - The Early Capitals of Islamic Culture - The Artistic Legacy of Umayyad Damascus and Abbasid Baghdad exhibition has opened in the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum, accumulating original pieces from Islamic culture and history from the Islamic caliphates Umayyad and Abbasid.

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi has inaugurated this exhibition, which is open until January,17th, 2015,. The exhibition consists of artifacts, archaeological findings, calligraphy and art pieces found in the beginning centuries.

This exhibition, of over 100 items, will be showcased here in Berlin at the first and oldest museum of Islamic art outside of the Islamic world. Visitors will find themselves amongst the ancient history of these two cities and grasp the culture and experiences of past events. The artifacts tell a story of the development in these cities as they are placed in chronological and thematic order.

This exhibition provides a window into the culture and history of the Arab world, specifically under the Umayyad and Abbasid rule. The Director of the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art and the curator of the exhibition, Dr Stefan Weber, stated that “everyone talks about politics and war, and we talk about culture.” According to Weber, exhibitions like this are important for the progression of relations between museums inside and outside the Arab world. Each artifact tells a different tale and has a different historical background, providing a wonderful opportunity for the audience to grasp an understanding of the culture and civilizations during that time.

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