An international exhibition celebrating Islamic culture will open at the National Museum of Australia on Friday.
The museum's director, Dr Matthew Trinca, said "nothing makes me prouder than the fact this exhibition is opening here at this time."
So That You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam brings together for the first time in Australia 100 artefacts from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and the Vatican Anima Mundi Museum of World Arts and Cultures as well as artefacts from Australia.
The artefacts, representing Islamic civilizations from around the world, include ceremonial hangings, armor, precious manuscripts, ceramics and jewelry.
Among them are a 19th-Century Meshla, or overcoat, believed to have been woven in Aleppo or Damascus in Syria, a 200-year-old suit of war armor from the Mindanao region of the Philippines and a gold-embossed illustrated Quran manuscript believed to have been hand-lettered during the Ottoman dynasty in 1823.