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Islamic Culture and Life

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of over 2,000 Islamic Art objects, dating from between 800 and 1999. These originate mostly from Africa, Central Asia, Indian sub-continent, south-east Asia, and the Middle East, although Spain, Sicily, China, and British Islam are also represented.

This collection comprises ceramics, metals, jewellery, glass, pottery, coins, costume and textiles and carpets. It also contains arms and armour, works on paper, furniture and woodwork, shadow puppetry, and a whole range of composite ethnographic material. The collection represents over a 1,000 years of Islam's cultural history, including religious, semi-religious and secular items that illustrate the profound influence that the Muslim faith has had on all aspects of the societies that adhered to it or were under its influence.

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, originating in the seventh century. It encompasses many religious practices, the majority of which are defined by the observation of the Five Pillars of Islam, which unite Muslim communities throughout the world. It is the predominant religion in the Middle East, as well as Africa and Asia, however large communities are also located in China, Europe and Russia.