Islamic Art, British Museum
Rooms 34 and 35 . It’s in a far flung corner of the British Museum. It’s a journey through the history, richness, complexity and diversity of the Islamic world. Welcome to one of the world’s most important Islamic collections. These two rooms illustrate the history, culture and zeitgeists (notice the plural) of the Islamic world from the time of Mohammed in 7th century to the present day. Elegant Kufic script and calligraphy, astrolabes from Old Cairo, exquisite bronze metalwork and glass from the times of the Crusades, outstanding Iznik tiles and ceramics from the Ottoman Empire… these are objects that aren’t just beautiful, they pack a great deal of historical story power.