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    Rabat Hosts ‘Islamic Coins and Manuscripts’ Exhibition

    Being held on the sidelines of the main event is another exhibition focusing on Saudi coffee and its place in society.

    26 Dec 2022

    Rabat - Morocco’s capital Rabat is hosting the “Islamic Coins and Manuscripts” exhibition for four days, starting from Wednesday, on the sidelines of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (ISESCO) 43rd Executive Council session.

    Inaugurated by ISESCO Director General Salem bin Muhammad Al-Malik, the “Coins” exhibition is displaying samples from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Public Library.

    On display are the library’s “most important” manuscripts and coins, explained the library’s director Bandar Al-Mubarak, adding that they date back to different periods and reveal aspects of Islamic history and its dealings with other civilizations and societies.

    The exhibition contains models of dinars and dirhams from different stages of the Umayyad dynasty, starting from the year 78 after Hijra (AH) to 126 AH. Abbasid money from the years 138 AH to 343 AH is also on display.

    Al-Mubarak explained that Muslim societies used Byzantine, Sasanian, and other currencies before Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan “initiated the Arabization of Islamic Arab money in stages.”

    In addition, the event is exhibiting coins from Egypt, the Levant, Morocco, and the Arabian peninsula, whose civilizations were concentrated in Mecca and Medina.

    Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Bulahid, Secretary-General of the National Committee for Education, Culture, and Science, described the exhibition as “important and wonderful,” pointing to great turnout for the event as well as a great reception for the way it presents part of Islamic history.

    “He stressed that many visitors to the exhibition believed that the exhibits were exact copies of the original coins, but they were amazed when they learned that they were original, dating back thousands of years,” says a press release about the event.

    “The Kingdom wanted, through its participation in the consultative meeting, to present civilized and cultural messages to the international community, talking about the Kingdom's past, present, and future,” Al-Bulahid said, adding that the coins will be transferred to UNESCO and displayed for the entire world.

    Khawlani coffee

    An exhibition on Saudi coffee is also being held on the sidelines, focusing on the status of the coffee as a “distinctive cultural product” of the kingdom, as well as its unique significance in Saudi society.

    The exhibition goes over all the details of the coffee’s production cycle, including its cultivation, preparation, and presentation, the press release says. It also introduces Saudi Arabia’s famous Khawlani coffee, offering visitors samples in different tastes and colors for each of the kingdom’s 13 regions.

    Khawlani coffee beans are a rare bean variety known for their low acidity and high bitterness, as well as their fruity and nutty taste undertones. The beans are mainly grown in the Saudi region of Jazan, where growing coffee is a highly-regarded occupation for farmers.

    Some sources say the beans have been cultivated in the area for the past 300 years, but environmental and irrigation issues coupled with a lack of interest in the variety have caused the industry to face some troubles lately.

    Khawlani coffee was inscribed by UNESCO in 2022 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    The “Islamic Coins and Manuscript” is held under the patronage of Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for International Cooperation Saleh bin Ibrahim Al-Qasoumi. It will conclude on Saturday, December 24.

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