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British Museum remains UK's top attraction for fourth year running & Hajj Exhibition 2012

The next major exhibition in the Reading Room, opening in January, will be devoted to the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, with scores of objects never seen in the west before. It may also be one of the last exhibitions in the spectacular but temporary display space created in the room. The museum hopes its extension, with a new major exhibition gallery, will open in early 2014.

Read more: Guardian

One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief, Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able. This major exhibition charts the history of this deeply personal journey.

Examining the extraordinary travel logistics involved and how the wider operation of the event has changed over time, the exhibition compares how pilgrims over the centuries negotiated this often monumental undertaking and how it continues to be experienced by people from all corners of the globe today.

Beautiful objects, including historical and contemporary art, textiles and manuscripts, bring to life the profound spiritual significance of the sacred rituals that have remained unchanged since the Prophet Muhammad’s time in the 7th century AD.

Click here for more info on the 2012 Hajj Exhibtion at the British Museum