• Posted:Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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Islamic art showcased in Berlin

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Islamic art showcased in Berlin
Here's a fun exhibition with a bit of a difference - a collection of Islamic art is being exhibited in Berlin at the moment, dating from the Ottoman Empire and bringing in pieces from the 19th century as well. If you're up for it, book yourself a room in a Berlin hostel and get your historical groove on.

According to Geir Moulson of the Associated Press, it's being put on at the Martin Gropius Bau gallery and displays more than 200 items such as a pilgrim's flask that comes from either the 7th or the 8th century.

Those who attend will also be able to check out an astrolabe from al-Andalus, which also incorporates pages from the blue Quran, as well as similar scripture from the 18th century that has been inscribed on a green cloth in tiny lettering.

Managing director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Luis Monreal said: "[We] hope to present to our western public the pluralism of the Islamic cultures … We in general view Islam as a single cultural identity and this is simply a wrong perception, because Islam over 13 centuries has been a religion practiced by a great diversity of people."

And if you're puzzling over how to get yourself to the museum, don't worry - I've come across the greatest mode of transport ever that will make you feel like you're in some old movie. It's called the Trabant and, according to the Times, these little cars can be rented out - some of which come in bright colours - and are growing in popularity.

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