Despite an amazingly busy couple of weeks, I’ve managed to continue grooming my image as a highly cultured and intriguing human. Here is how I’ve done it, and why you should do the same. Entries will be released every day over the next week.
The exhibition certainly delivers on the information front: the BM did not worry too much about keeping its texts short. Often, the labels overwhelemed the exhibition itself, as if you were moving around in order to read the next part of a book instead of getting personal with some objects. It was a relief, towards the end, when you had the opportunity to be amazed by some emotive contemporary artwork, or see a time-lapse of the movement around the Ka’aba. At the same time, every word was worth reading: whether delivering statistics or telling the tale of non-muslims infiltrating Mecca to have a look, the Hajj is never a boring subject.
Most importantly, the exhibition revealed how narrow our recent perception of the Muslim Faith has been. The numbers of people – Muslim or not – touched by or participant in this pilgrimage are countless and diverse. The Hajj, for someone such as myself who can only stand out of it, represents the power of faith to bring people together, to creating genuine phenomena, and to make us all feel like a small part of a massive organism. Certainly a worthwhile visit for anyone who knows little or wants to know more about this ancient and stunning human phenomenon.