Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections

Traces of a Colourful Past

Luitgard Mols and Arnoud Vrolijk

Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections

Luitgard Mols and Arnoud Vrolijk

Distributed for Leiden University Press

192 pages | 250 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
Cloth $43.50 ISBN: 9789087282592 Published November 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Dutch diplomats, scholars, and travelers assembled unique collections in Jeddah, Mecca, and Medina. With the invaluable help of local Muslims, Dutch collectors tried to capture the essence of what they regarded as an authentic Oriental culture in a period when Arabia was already looking towards modernity.
These extensive collections allow a glimpse into a colorful and vibrant society, one virtually vanished today under ever-growing numbers of pilgrims, changing political and religious allegiances and sudden economic prosperity.
 
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