KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians should appreciate Islamic art and history which had contributed to the forming of the Islamic community as it is today, said socio-cultural adviser to the Government Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.
Speaking at the launch of the “Symbols of Power and Beauty: The Collection of the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia” exhibition at the Islamic Arts Museum, he said such exhibitions would educate further the public about the Islamic community.
Referring to the 100 exhibits being showcased, he said: “We are proud to be able to put it out here to reflect on the history of Islam.”
The exhibition, he said, was a treasure trove which should be appreciated by all.
“Without the past, there will be no present.
“I believe exposure to exquisite artefacts would nurture appreciation among the people, especially the younger generation.”
He said children should be encouraged to value history.
Dr Rais also called for history teachers to pay attention to the rich details of the history.
“Very often, they are not able to explain the details of our Islamic history and facts of our weaponry is often forgotten,” he said.
The exhibition launched yesterday will display armour from as far as North Africa and South-East Asia, depicting the opulence of the craftsmanship, and the beauty and symbolism of Islamic arms and armour.
The exhibition begins from today until Aug 31.