Named the Cultural Capital of the Arab World by UNESCO in 1998 and as the Capital of Islamic culture in 2014 by ISESCO, Sharjah is a breathtaking city of culture and tradition. A testament to this is 'The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization'.
The first Sharjah Islamic Museum was located at the Heritage Area and opened its doors in 1996. But, it was moved to the building of the traditional Middle Eastern Souq 'Al Majarrah' in 2008 as a notable tourist landmark. The new museum is well-curated and addresses just about everything you always wanted to know about Islam. To make sure one gets the best of view on the Islamic civilisation, the museum has been divided into seven galleries and display areas:
The Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith:
Here you will be introduced to Islam and the Holy Quran; light is shed on Islam's five pillars and the fascinating accounts of the Hajj pilgrimage. Many interesting artefacts are preserved here like rare historical Quran manuscripts, sections from the Kiswah, which cover covers the Ka’aba in Makkah and facts about the development of different styles and designs of mosques around the world.
The Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology:
Achievements of Islamic science and the contributions of great Islamic scholars to the world are showcased here. Witness sophisticated three-dimensional models, inventions and theories developed by Islamic scholars in astronomy, medicine, geography and more.
Islamic Art Gallery 1 – 4
The 1st and 2nd Islamic Art Galleries showcase a range of artefacts like metalwork, textiles, manuscripts and more made between the 1st century AD and 13th century AD and important Islamic artworks dating from the 13th century AD to the 19th century AD respectively. The 3rd and 4th Art Galleries preserve and exhibit Islamic arts, crafts and weapons used between the 19th century AD and 20th century AD.
Islamic Coins Display:
A very fascinating gallery! Located in the atrium outside the Al Majarrah Gallery, you will be amazed at the range of coins which include a large number of Umayyad and Abbasid dinars and dirhams on display here.
The Al Majarrah Temporary Exhibition Gallery:
Different events and exhibitions are held by the museum at this gallery.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization is an outstanding museum and its efforts to display the vitality and beauty of Islam are breathtaking. If you happen to visit Sharjah, make sure to pay this museum a visit. Entry is free during the Holy month of Ramadan.
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