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British Museum set to launch Hajj exhibition

Saudi's King Abdulaziz Public Library provides photos, movies, models for event

British Museum set to launch Hajj exhibition
Muslim pilgrims walk on their way to the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on November 3, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

The British Museum will launch its first exhibition dedicated to the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Saudi Arabia's holy cities.

In collaboration and partnership with King Abdulaziz Public Library, the British Museum in London will open the Hajj: Journey to The Heart of Islam exhibition on January 26.

The exhibition, which runs until April 15, will highlight how more than three million Muslims perform annually the fifth pillar of Islam pillars.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Qaisra Khan, project curator in the department of the Middle East section at the British Museum said that the Hajj exhibition will highlight the importance of Hajj.

She added that the show will display the first Hajj journey of the Prophet Mohammed.

She said the exhibition would be "a great opportunity" for non-Muslims to understand the annual pilgrimage.

The British museum's director, Neil MacGregor, told SPA that the message of the exhibition had both "cultural and historical sides".

The exhibition includes new photos, recent and old movies as well as models provided by the King Abdulaziz Public Library.

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