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Crossroads: Cultural Exchange between the Islamic Civilization, Europe and Beyond

Crossroads: Cultural Exchange between the Islamic Civilization, Europe and Beyond
This book focuses on the circulation of people, ideas, and objects and on the important role that migratory movements and shared histories have always played in shaping and transforming cultures and societies worldwide. From the collections of the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art only a segment of the global story of cultural exchange is exhibited. Considering the nature of both collections the objects tell stories of the pre-modern art and culture of the Middle East and its relations with Europe and East Asia during the Islamic period. The exchange between these regions is much older than the rise of Islam. Both China and the Middle East were the birth places of many cultural changes that developed many thousand years ago and spread throughout the world and still shape us today, such as: agriculture, urban planning and division of labour, the smelting of metal, writing, calculating and astronomy. Developments often dispersed in many ways and seldom as a straight line. This was also the case under Islamic rule: developments in science, musical instruments, ceramic techniques and tastes were made in networks - the spread of knowledge was a collective process.
 
 

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