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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

Teach a man to fish: a bottle that will be in the exhibition “One God: Three Religions on the Nile” Photo: © Sculpture Collection and Museum of Byzantine Art, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin/Antje Voigt

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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27 Aug 14
16:21 CET

JEANET , STEENWIJK, NETHERLANDS

Hopfullythe exhibitions contribute to the understanding about the 3 main religions.

27 Aug 14
15:38 CET

ROBERTA BRESSAN, GRADO ITALY

Good morning, would it be possible to receive information about this exhibition? I've been 3 times to Egypt. Thank you in advance with Best Regards

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