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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.104

Museum perspectives of the Qur’anic ethnography


  • Prof. Efim REZVAN

Primary authors

  • Prof. Efim REZVAN (Peter the Great Museum of Ethnography and Anthropology (Kunstkamera) RAS)


The rise of Islam and the Qur'an is one of the most demanded topics of Museum displays and exhibition projects. The Qur’anic ethnography is the new research area intended to give a more idiographic picture of the course of historical events related to the emergence of Islam, to provide independent evidence that allows, in some cases, to clarify the chronology of the facts and to date the texts and to reconstruct most important elements of the everyday life of the time of the Prophet. The methods and approaches of the Qur’anic ethnography, primarily based on the results of expeditions to Arabia, as well as on the Qur’anic archeology, allow creating the exhibition projects of new quality. The project includes the documentary “Arabia of the Prophet” (three parts, 26 min each, in English, Arabic and Russian). In 2020 the book with rich electronic version containing series of photographic and video illustrations planned to be published. The video and photo material obtained in 2018—2019 expeditions to Oman, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as the elements of augmented reality are called to complement the traditional series of historical and ethnographic exhibits and turn visiting the museum space into an interactive adventure.