Created by Fundación de Cultura Islámica (FUNCI) - the Islamic Culture Foundation of Madrid - the exhibition highlights the importance of gardens in Islam and displays the plants, tools, and gardening methods used by Muslims in Andalusia.
The Gardens of Al-Andalus exhibition opened at the Qatar National Library (QNL) in Education City, highlighting the importance of gardens in Islam and displaying the plants, tools and gardening methods used by Muslims in Andalusia.
The three-month exhibition, created by the Islamic Culture Foundation of Madrid (Funci) and being held under the patronage of HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, QNL, will run until September 7.
Al-Andalus generally refers to the area of the Iberian Peninsula governed by Muslims from the 8th century to the 15th century, which gave its name to the modern region of Andalusia in southern Spain, according to Funci. The Qur’anic Botanic Garden brought the exhibition to Qatar after it was shown in various countries in the Mediterranean and the Arabian Gulf.
The exhibition is part of Funci’s ‘Med-O-Med, Cultural Landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Middle East’ network, a platform spanning 23 countries aimed at the preservation of the region’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as development and education.
The exhibition recreated a series of 3m tall towers displaying botanic species, historical drawings and the ancient botanical sheets that reference Al-Andalus’ gardens, orchards, and properties.
The towers evoke the wind towers common in the traditional architecture of the Arabian Peninsula, which were used to naturally cool and ventilate buildings.
Cover image courtesy of QNL Facebook
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