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ROADS OF ARABIA: ARCHEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, WASHINGTON,D.C.
 
November 17, 2012-February 24, 2013

If you travel to Washington,D.C. in the near future you have to see this exhibit! Try to forget the politics of  the Middle East for a moment and enjoy  this exhibit.

This is the first time that we have access to about 280 objects making their debut in the United States. Spanning the period from prehistory to the 20th century, the exhibit takes us on trade routes and pilgrimage roads from Yemen in the south  to Iraq and Syria and includes several recent discoveries from the Arabian Peninsula.
If you want to learn more about this culture attend the symposium Crossroads of Culture, and  the Scents, Stories and Sounds, and Arabic Calligraphy, all  on November 17th. Frankincense and Myrrh will be presented on December 1st and 8th; Origins of Islam in Arabia on January 26th, 2013 by Dr. Fred Donner; Before the Railway: Trade and Syrian Hajj in the Ottoman Period on February 23rd by Dr. Marcus Milwright; or hear Classical Arab and Andalusian Music by vocalist Karima Skalli on December 1st; or Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble on December 8th.
I am particularly found of Andalusian and Arab music and the influence it exerted on Renaissance music.   Ms. Skalli is from Morocco and she  has several albums out I found on amazon.com.
Let us learn and listen!
So during this time of the five day Hajj, October 24th to October 29th, let us hope for a safe journey for the travelers of the largest pilgrimage in the world today.
Cheers,
Elisabeth
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