This gallery examines Oman’s 1400- year relationship with Islam, beginning in 6 AH/627 CE. Here, the origins and history of the Noble Qur’an are explained and exquisite examples of illuminated manuscripts are displayed. The advent of Islam in Oman is also discussed, and details of contributions made by Omani scholars to Islamic doctrinal sciences, natural sciences, Arabic language and literature are revealed through a collection of rare manuscripts.
A special gallery section dedicated to the traditional arts examines Oman’s earliest design motifs and traces the artistic influence inspired by Islam in the evolution of calligraphic, geometric, floral and arabesque decoration, and in the depiction of the living. The evolving aesthetics of mosques and other forms religious and civic architecture are also examined.
Among many other important themes explored in this gallery are religious tolerance, the contributions made by prominent Omani women, the Hajj (the journey to the Holy Lands), – Eid celebrations, the Hijri calendar, and the honouring of the dead.