This wide-reaching exhibition explores the meaning and use of light in Islamic Culture – the title comes from the Arabic word for light – and spans more than ten centuries, with around 150 artworks and artefacts originating from Spain, Central Asia, and beyond.

There are two main sections: art and science.  Works dating from the ninth century to the early 20th Century include the oldest illustrated manuscript written in Arabic as well as 19th Century Iranian anatomical illustrations, and show the influence of the Islamic world on the Renaissance and scientific thought. The exhibition will move on to the Dallas Museum of Art in the spring.