About the Exhibition
Created by the Islamic Culture Foundation of Madrid (FUNCI), the exhibition highlights the importance of gardens in Islam and displays the plants, tools, and gardening methods used by Muslims in Andalusia. The exhibition was brought to Qatar by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden after successfully being exhibited in various countries in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf. The exhibition is part of FUNCI’s ‘Med-O-Med, Cultural Landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Middle East’ network, a platform spanning 23 countries aimed at the preservation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
Al Andalus generally refers to the area of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims from the 8th century to the 15th century, which gave its name to the modern region of Andalusia in southern Spain.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Library has uncovered various manuscripts, photographs, and rare books related to the topic. The exhibition will display multiple scale models depicting the most significant gardens of Al Andalus, as well as numerous olfactory devices, which allow one to sample some of the botanical species, used at the time.
The exhibition has also recreated a series of three-metre-tall towers displaying botanic species, historical drawings, and the ancient botanical sheets that reference Al Andalus’ gardens, orchards, and properties. The towers evoke the wind towers common in the traditional architecture of the Arabian Peninsula, which were used to naturally cool and ventilate buildings. The models represent the different types of Andalusian gardens, as well as water mills.