Kuwait Exhibits Islam

Kuwait has enjoyed wealth far longer than the other oil producing states of the Middle East and is proud to spend its riches on its heritage, as Philip Mansel explores here.

The Al-Sabah Collection in the Kuwait National Museum, which opened earlier this year, is of compelling appeal for anyone interested in the history and culture of the Islamic world. Its collections of manuscripts, pottery, coins, metal-work, carpets and pieces of architecture which are laid out chronologically give the visitor a clear picture of every period of Islamic history, from the Umayyads to the Mughals. In all, 1,000 out of a collection of 20,000 objects (of which 13,000 are coins) from every the Islamic world, from Cordoba to Delhi, are on show.

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