When Egypt was a land of three faiths and one god
British Museum and Berlin museums co-organise exhibition about Jewish and early Christian and Muslim communities on the Nile
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 25 August 2014
The British Museum is co-organising an exhibition with the State Museums Berlin about the Jewish, early Christian and Muslim communities of Egypt from the Roman to early Medieval periods, we can reveal. “One God: Three Religions on the Nile” will include sculpture, architectural fragments, jewellery, textiles and manuscripts from the museums’ collections together with loans from other institutions to tell the story of the three faiths in Egypt between 30BC and AD1200. The theme of politics and religion will inevitably present parallels with the Middle East today.
It is due to open at the Bode Museum, Berlin, next April (until September 2015) and come to London in late October 2015, a British Museum spokeswoman says.
The exhibition will chronicle the last centuries of pagan religion under Roman rule, the rise of Christianity—the dominant religion by the fifth century—and the arrival of Islam after the Arab conquest of the seventh century.
While many early Christians were martyred in Egypt, including St Mark the Evangelist, who died in Alexandria at the hands of pagans, the country’s first Muslim rulers were tolerant of other religions; they chose to tax rather than convert or persecute either Jews or Copts, the name of Egypt’s Christians.
At the British Museum, the exhibition is sponsored by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
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