The first Sharjah Islamic Museum was established in the Heritage Area in 1996. Showcasing a wide-ranging collection that were shifted to the magnificent building of the traditional Souq Al Majarrah so as to be able re-displayed. The new Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization was opened on June 6, 2008.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization has numerous rare and significant Islamic artefacts. Visitors can admire the timeless achievements of Islamic civilization and its versatile aspects of Islamic faith, science, discoveries and culture, and cherish the splendour of Islamic art.
Visitors can see seven spacious galleries and display areas for its permanent collection:
The Abu Bakr Gallery of Islamic Faith offers an introduction to Islam and the Holy Quran. It presents the five pillars of Islam, important principles of Islamic doctrine and an interesting account of the Hajj or Islamic pilgrimage. Exceptional artefacts include monumental sections from the Kiswah, which takes care of the Ka’aba in Makkah, rare historical Quran manuscripts as well as models, photographs, presentations and important facts about mosque architecture from around the world.
The Ibn Al-Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology showcases the achievements of Islamic science and the emphasis of great Islamic scholars to world civilization. Intricate and sophisticated three-dimensional models, audio-visuals and extensive information panels chart some of the most famous discoveries, inventions and theories developed by Islamic scholars in such fields as astronomy, medicine, geography, architecture, mathematics, chemistry, military technology, marine navigation and engineering.
Islamic Art Gallery 1 showcases an assortment of items such as pottery, metalwork, woodcarving, manuscripts and textiles, made in the Islamic world between the 1st century AH (7th century AD) and the 7th century AH (13th century AD). This early era is registered to be about the expansion of Islamic civilization and culture from the Arabian peninsula to the Atlantic in the West and the borders of China in the East. Along the way, the material cultures of the ancient Hellenistic and Persian worlds were embraced, absorbed and transformed along with the aesthetic, cultural and religious tastes of the new Islamic powers. Gradually, a new style emerged, characterized by an emphasis on Arab-Islamic scripts as well as geometric and floral decoration.
Islamic Art Gallery 2 displays important Islamic artworks dating from the 7th century AH / 13th century AD to the 13th century AH / 19th century AD. The objects displayed also present the Mongol invasion of the eastern Islamic world in the 13th century. The gallery also presents a large selection of objects coming from Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal lands, presenting a period where the Islamic world was characterized by three competing Empires, based on and around the Mediterranean, Iran and South Asia. This era encouraged global trade, economic growth and fruitful, creative interaction between artistic, cultural and indeed religious communities.
Islamic Art Galleries 3-4 present Islamic arts, crafts and weapons used between the 13th century AH / 19th century AD and 14th century AH / 20th century AD. Islamic Coins Display present early Islamic coin collections are displayed in the atrium outside the Al Majarrah Gallery. The Al Majarrah Temporary Exhibition Gallery has the museum showcase temporary exhibitions of international standing twice a year.
Sat to Thurs: 08:00 – 20:00
Fri: 16:00 – 20:00
Timings are subject to change during public holidays and Ramadan.
Sharjah Islamic Museum of Islamic Civilization
Al-Majjarah area, previously known as “Souq al-Majjarah”
Heart of Sharjah
Sharjah – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.: +971 6 565 5455
Fax: +971 6 565 2988
e-mail: [email protected]
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