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Hidden Stories: Books along the Silk Roads

29 November 2021

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is restoring Penang's northern coastline in Malaysia. AKTC’s work also extends to Canada which is currently home to an astonishing collection of art from His Highness the Aga Khan. Using trade as the foundation for many of its exhibitions, the latest collection provides a new way of looking at a well-worn path. Hidden Stories: Books along the Silk Roads explores different routes. However it is not only about books. The range of objects is as diverse as the networks through Asia. From a 1,000-year-old prayer sheet from northwestern China, to a five metre-long Iranian scroll of the Quran, there is plenty of Islamic material. The story is about the creators of these diverse objects, as well as the traders. Some of the objects in the Aga Khan Museum collection are rarely seen.