Composed by pieces of the 8th and 19th centuries, the exhibition offers a good example of the artistic achievements of the Islamic civilizations starting from the Iberian Peninsula and ending to China.
Before arriving at Toledo, this exhibition has been exhibited in prominent museums of several European cities like Parma, London, Paris and Lisbon. Later it will travel to Berlin and to the Ermitage museum (St. Petersburg), ending it’s journey in the year 2011, when it will be installed as a permanent exhibition in the new Aga Khan museum build in Toronto.
Between the pieces that can be observed , visitors have the opportunity to know the 14th century astrolabe with inscriptions in Latin, Arab and Hebrew, and that possibly was manufactured in Toledo.
Also can be contemplated miniatures of Yemen and Afghanistan, manuscripts from Iran and Samarkanda, ceramics of Syria and Egypt, several Koran of Tunisia and Indonesia, and silks from Turkey and Mongolia.
The Foundation Aga Khan exists with the mission to improve the living conditions of the Muslim population without distinction, for both communities Shiite and the Sunni. The mission of the exhibition is important because it counts with the patronage of the prince Aga Khan in addition to international institutions like the World Bank or European centres of cooperation.