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'So That You Might Know Each Other': Faith and Culture in Islam

Collections from the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum, the Sharjah Museums Authority and the National Museum of Australia

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‘So That You Might Know Each Other’: Faith and Culture in Islam brings together more than 100 objects from collections held in the Vatican, the Emirate of Sharjah and Australia, to give audiences a glimpse into the lives and culture of Islamic communities across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

The artefacts range from the late 17th to the early 20th century and include textiles, jewellery, armour, books and manuscripts, musical instruments, furniture, richly coloured Imperial ceramics and calligraphy, chosen to highlight the diversity of Muslims around the world, their achievements, traditions and spirituality.

The National Museum of Australia has contributed two intriguing stories reflecting the unique contributions to Australian history by people of Islamic faith.

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ISBN:  978 1 921953 31 6
Paperback, section sewn, 235 x 285 mm (portrait), full colour, 120pp
National Museum of Australia Press, April 2018
$29.95

Front cover: Taqsireh (lady’s festive jacket) (detail), Palestine, late 19th or early 20th century, inv.112314. Photo © Vatican Museums

'So That You Might Know Each Other' exhibition | 20 April – 22 July 2018 | Temporary Gallery | Free