Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization


Journalism student Menatalla Shawky reports on the exhibits and seven galleries in the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.

By Menatalla Shawky

AJMAN- The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization located in Al Sharq Al Nabba showcases the history of Islam and a collection of artifacts by Muslim scholars from different fields. 

The museum has over 5000 Islamic art and cultural pieces that represent the achievements of Muslim scholars from all over the Islamic world.

The artifacts are divided and displayed in seven different galleries. 

The first gallery is The Abu Bakr Gallery of the Islamic faith, which according to the Sharjah Museums’ website, features the five pillars of Islam and the Hajj and Umrah rituals.

The second gallery, Ibn Al- Haytham Gallery of Science and Technology, displays Islamic scholars’ greatest Islamic scientific achievements and contributions, as stated on the website. 

 The Islamic art galleries 1 -4 showcase artifacts ranging from archeological objects, Islamic artworks, crafts, and weapons from the 13th century to the 20th century. 

The museum also exhibits a collection of coins in the atrium outside the Al Majarrah Gallery.

The coins displayed come from the early Islamic period, such as the Ummayads, Abbasid dinars, and dirhams.