“Unseen Treasures” exhibition to highlight Islamic civilisation in India, Turkey, Central Asia and Andalucia

August 4, 2010

Fifty new objects will be on display in the permanent galleries of Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art from the first day of Ramadan, museum officials have said.

The new objects of the “Unseen Treasures” exhibition represent the history of Islamic civilisation in several regions including Iraq, India, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, Andalucia and others and will include glasswork, textile, manuscripts, ceramics and some metallic objects from the Ninth to 19th century.

“Unseen Treasures is a unique addition to the current objects on display in the permanent galleries in the Museum of Islamic Art,” Aisha Al Khater, MIA Deputy Director, said. “We aim at continuously reinvigorating our galleries to increase the community’s awareness of the diversity of Islamic art throughout history. During Ramadan, all community members are welcome to explore these new precious objects and we look forward to children to participate in our treasure trails,” Aisha said, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

MIA commissioned Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing to produce a special book that describes “Unseen Treasures” in detail.

During Ramadan, the museum will open from 10am to2pm from Sunday to Wednesday and on Thursdays and Saturday it will be open from 10am to2 pm and from 8 pm to 11 pm in the evening. MIA will remain closed on Tuesdays and Fridays, during the Holy month, the paper said

Ramadan, Muslim’s sacred month, is expected to start on August 11 based on the sighting of the crescent.



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