The British Museum's Pilgrimage to Hajj: Explores the Heart of Islam
A clearer understanding of Islam has become an urgent priority for the West. And this may very well be the closest guide to experiencing one of its central rituals—and, as the exhibition demonstrates, ideas of community, trade and shared knowledge—that any non-Muslim will be able to obtain, since the Hajj itself is reserved for the faithful.
Mr. MacGregor feels that this exhibition, curated by Venetia Porter, exemplifies what a museum such as his can do in increasing the understanding between cultures for all its visitors. It upholds, too, the British Museum's reputation for staging unapologetically didactic shows that combine remarkably beautiful objects and rigorous scholarship.