A 17th century Qur’an originally from Africa, fine Persian rugs crafted from pure silk and an Algerian horse saddle used for ceremonial purposes in the 19th century are all part of an eclectic collection of objects now on display at the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA).

The Artistry of Islam, an exhibition highlighting Islamic arts and mastercrafts opened 30 June and is a collaborative effort between the IMA and the Turkish Museum of Australia.

Islamic Museum of Australia General Manager Maryum Chaudhry said the Museum welcomes the opportunity to work with the Turkish Museum of Australia to showcase some of their finest objects to a wider audience.

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“The Artistry of Islam puts a spotlight on beautiful, historically significant objects from around the world, and in doing so, shines a light on the beauty of Islam.  The breadth of objects on display is simply astonishing,” said Ms Chaudhry.

Mahmoud Mohammed from Islamic Museum and Kemal Benli from Turkish Museum of Australia

Mahmoud Mohammed from the Islamic Museum and Kemal Benli from Turkish Museum of Australia.

Turkish Museum of Australia Director, Kemal Benli said the exhibition offers Museum guests a unique glimpse into the cultural heritage of Muslims around the world.

“Museum guests will see wonderful examples of craftsmanship synonymous with Islamic cultures, from calligraphy to woven carpets; and detailed metalwork to woodwork,” said Mr Benli.

“This exhibition at the Islamic Museum of Australia shows some of the most intriguing items of the thousands from the holdings of the Turkish Museum of Australia. Many of the objects are rare and cannot otherwise be seen elsewhere in Australia,” he said.

The Artistry of Islam: Islamic arts and mastercrafts from around the world is on display until 23 August 2019. The Museum is open 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Saturday.

The Islamic Museum of Australia is located in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s north. It is the only Islamic museum in the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences for all ages.