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The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue

The international travelling exhibition The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum in Doha, Qatar will be on show at the Weltmuseum Wien after its stops in Valletta and Paris. The Majlis has shaped the Arabic and Islamic people for centuries, serving as a centre for social encounters, for political debates and decisions, and for teaching and discussion. Technically defined as a ‘sitting place’, the Majlis has in fact always been much more. It has been an integral part of Arabic society, the heart and soul of communities, the setting for passionate discussions, joyous celebrations and heated football matches.

About

About the exhibition

The Majlis — Cultures in Dialogue offers a platform for discussions about relevant cultural issues, fostering the creation of original perspectives through collective thinking. It aims to initiate meaningful connections between people and cultures by stimulating an enriched dialogue.
At the heart of the exhibition, both physically and conceptually, is the Majlis, the space of hospitality and dialogue present in every home in the Arabian Peninsula. For hundreds of years, families have used the Majlis to welcome and entertain guests, to interact with foreign travelers, to educate their children and to make big and small decisions relating to their communities.
Visitors to The Majlis — Cultures in Dialogue are invited to use the central Majlis in the same way. You can play a board game, listen to records, greet other guests, learn about their cultures, share your own, or start a dialogue about the exhibition.
The Majlis — Cultures in Dialogue is only the beginning of a much broader project to connect people, beliefs and cultures by creating opportunities for respectful, yet incisive dialogue to take place.

Kontakt
Nina Auinger-Sutterlüty, MAS
Mag. Sarah Aistleitner
info.pr@weltmuseumwien.at
T +43 1 525 24 - 4021
oder +43 1 525 24 - 4025

 

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Rug depicting famous people from different parts of the world, detail (jpg, 2 MB)

Kerman, Iran, early 19th century
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Rug depicting famous people from different parts of the world  (jpg, 2 MB)

Kerman, Iran, early 19th century
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Moorish ceramic vase glazed with blue and brown decoration on white (jpg, 2 MB)

Spain, 19th century
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A plate depicting Saint George killing the dragon with a Christian Arabic poem  (jpg, 3 MB)

Mosul, Iraq, 18th century
bronze
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Qalamkār-e taswīrī (Printed and painted wall hanging) (jpg, 1 MB)

Rūz-e mahshar (The Day of Judgement)
Isfahan, Iran, Qajar Dynasty (1795–1925)
Cotton, pigment
Weltmuseum Wien
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