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Museum celebrates Islamic culture
An Iranian tile
An Iranian tile which can be seen at the Royal Museum
A major Islamic event is to be staged at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh at the weekend.

The main hall will be transformed by a Bedouin tent, with intricately woven walls and a decorative ceiling at the museum in Chambers Street.

From 15 to 18 September visitors will be able to experience the sights and sounds of Saudi Arabia with tours from authentically-dressed guides.

The tent will provide the backdrop for stories from the desert.

Storyteller Eman Janbi will be dressed in traditional Arab attire and will reveal Islamic folklore and myths with tales from her childhood and age-old books.

Music from the desert will be played every hour with Iraqi Oud player Ehsan Eman.

The aim of this festival weekend is to give visitors new insights into the diversity of Islamic culture, and the opportunity to interact with aspects of traditional Islamic life
Catherine Holden
National Museums of Scotland

Wearing a Gulf Arab thoub and head-dress, Mr Eman will be on-hand to talk to visitors about the carved stringed instrument and its origins.

Mariam Zulikar will also reveal the secrets of the Carum Board, a customary Arabic game in a class called traditional games.

Catherine Holden, National Museums of Scotland director of marketing and development, said: "The aim of this festival weekend is to give visitors new insights into the diversity of Islamic culture, and the opportunity to interact with aspects of traditional Islamic life."

Visitors will be invited to contribute to a stunning large-scale artwork which will be mounted and displayed in the museum.

Motifs, sketches and drawings influenced by objects in the museum galleries will be joined together to create a unique geometric design, similar to those found in Islamic art.

With the opportunity to dress in traditional clothing, visitors will be encouraged to see how the items relate to those found in the exhibition.


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