Hajj MIA

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is launching a set of special events under the theme of Hajj, starting on Wednesday 9 October 2013 with the launch of the exhibition ‘Hajj: The Journey Through Art’.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam where Muslims travel to Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage every year around the time of Eid Al Adha. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8 to 12 Dhu Al Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. For more than 1350 years, pilgrims have travelled to the city of Mecca  for Hajj, and today about 3 million Muslims take part every year from all over the world.

This MIA-curated exhibition, in collaboration with the British Museum, takes visitors on a journey exploring and illuminating the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj. The exhibition will be on show from 9 October 2013 to 5 January 2014 at the Museum of Islamic Art to present artworks from MIA and objects from Qatari collections, many of which have never before been displayed in public. The exhibition examines the history of this pilgrimage through the centuries, focusing on the rituals of Hajj as depicted through art, the routes taken and the experiences of pilgrims upon their return. The exhibition also includes a special section dedicated to the oral histories and objects of pilgrims from Qatar. An outdoor photography display featuring unique visions of Hajj by five international photographers will run in conjunction with the exhibition.

The ‘Hajj’ events are as follows:

Artists in Conversation: Hajj – The Journey Through Art

Ahmed Mater, Walid Siti and Khalifa Al Obaidly

Moderated by Mayssa Fattouh

Date: 9 October 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Photography of Al Hajj – A Dialogue with Peter Sanders

Date: 10 October 2013

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Hajj to Mecca: Reflections On The Archaeology of Qatar

Lecture by Dr Andrew Peterson

Date: 10 October 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

‘As a bird flies the nest’ – The 29-Year Hajj of Ibn Battutah

Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Date: 13 October 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

‘The Pearl of Wonders and the Uniqueness of Things Strange’ – Sacred Geography in the Medieval Islamic World

Dr Mounia Abudaya

Date: 23 October 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cultural Flavours of the Sacred Journey: Social, Poetic and Narrative Prisms of the Hajj

Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab

Date: 6 November 2013

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Note: All this events will take place at the MIA Auditorium.

For more information or to RSVP, contact [email protected] or visit MIA’s website.