The Orient Department introduces visitors to the culture and art of various regions of the Islamic world from the Near East to Pakistan. Its internationally important collections include metal work, the remarkable calligraphy works bequeathed to the museum by Annemarie Schimmel, ceramics, and architectural fragments. Separate parts of the exhibition present the literary world of Islam, the dichotomy between rural and urban life, and feudal aspects of traditional life. A reconstructed Afghanistan covered bazaar gives the visitor an empathy with the athmosphere of the Orient.

The exhibition provides a dialogue with Islamic culture at a time when contemporary international politics urgently require an understanding of the differences between world cultures. To this end the aim of the exhibition is to engender a respect towards the cultural achievements of Islam and encourage a broader acceptance of Moslem perceptions and tolerance of them.

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