A Bahraini Shia Cemetery

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Exhibition launch -Remembering the Dead in Bahraini Shia Cemeteries

A new exhibition for The Street Gallery, by Professor Timothy Insoll and the Centre for Islamic Archaeology.

An Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies exhibition
Date18 January 2018
Time17:30 to 18:30
PlaceIAIS Building/LT1

The exhibition will be held in the Street Gallery, Lower Ground Floor, IAIS Building

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of this new exhibition. Refreshments will be served. Cemeteries are contexts in which the dead are remembered by Bahraini Shia communities through visitation, grave based commemorative practices, and material culture. Plastic flowers, incense burners, rosewater bottles, containers for watering plants, fragments of cloth wrapped around stones or other objects on the grave, and decorated flags are all items that can be left at the graveside. As an unstudied aspect of Bahraini life and illustrating the diversity of Muslim practice in Bahrain and the Gulf, the artefacts, graves, and cemeteries are represented in the exhibition by images and a small display of material culture, collected as part of a larger project recording historical gravestone inscriptions on Bahrain.

ProviderInstitute of Arab and Islamic Studies

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