Multiculturalism of Old Cairo

Exhibit on Multiculturalism of Old Cairo at University of Chicago

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 23.56.43Since February 17, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago has been hosting an exhibition on the multiculturalism of Old Cairo. Titled A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Old Cairo, the exhibit aims to portray how the three religious communities mingled their traditions and together shaped the cultural and societal landscape of Old Cairo. A total of 75 objects will be on display, all of them available to the public for the very first time. They include, according to the Oriental Institute website, “richly illuminated Korans, Coptic and Hebrew manuscripts, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and architectural fragments.” The exhibit covers 7th to 12th centuries AD, and will be open until September 13, 2015.