Friday, July 01 2016

Exhibition to showcase history of Islam in Britain

 The Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is hosting an ‘Islam in Britain’, exhibition as part of Reading International Festival.

Local paper, Get Reading reports:

“The exhibition looks right back to 754 when King Offa of Mercia received ambassadors from the Caliph of Baghdad.

“From fashion to science, language to architecture, the exhibition reveals how the history of Islam and Britain are woven together.

Exhibition researcher, Dave Richards, tells the paper, “The project has been a fascinating journey into the past. It’s important to realise that until Tudor times, the Muslim empires that stretched across North Africa to India and beyond were world superpowers.”

Richards highlights the Islamic world’s “incredible advances in science and technology” and its production of “luxury goods that Britain and the rest of Europe craved.

“The East India Company started operating in 1602 to get a piece of this profitable business. Many countries they traded with were Muslim and so were the seamen they recruited.

“When the ships returned to London with their cargoes, some stayed and formed the first Muslim communities,”
he says.

The exhibition, which has been developed with support from the European Commission’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme is a fantastic opportunity for non-Muslims and Muslims alike to learn about Islam’s long-standing contribution to Britain. As with the touring exhibition, 1001 Inventions, the ‘Islam in Britain’ exhibition illustrates the Islamic world’s legacy to British history and culture.

The exhibition is open 17th October- 30th November at 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 1am, Sunday noon to 10.30pm.

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