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"قَدْ نَرَىٰ تَقَلُّبَ وَجْهِكَ فِي السَّمَاءِ ۖ فَلَنُوَلِّيَنَّكَ قِبْلَةً تَرْضَاهَا ۚ فَوَلِّ وَجْهَكَ
شَطْرَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ ۚ وَحَيْثُ مَا كُنتُمْ فَوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ شَطْرَهُ“
(القرآن الكريم، سورة البقرة، آية 144)
Verily, We have seen the turning of your face towards the heaven.
Surely, We shall turn you to the qiblah that shall please you,
so turn your face in the direction of the Al-Masjid-Al-Haram.
And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces in that direction.
(The Holy Quran, Surat Al-Baqarah, verse 144)
The Art of Orientation showcases some of the finest masterpieces of Islamic art ever created including examples specially commissioned for the grand historic mosques of Cairo. The Museum of Islamic Arts in Cairo is a repository of the major mosques in the city that had been a major capital for many of the greatest Islamic dynasties (from the Ayyubids and Fatimids to the Mamluks and Ottomans), and as such is representative of different styles and periods over a 1,000-year history. With more than 100,000 items, the institution houses the world’s largest collection of Islamic art, which is scholarly rated to be among the top 10 collections of Islamic art globally. This exhibition represents the first partnership between an Egyptian and Saudi museum.