Lauren Ehrmann received her B.A. in Art History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with an Arabic language concentration and a minor in Spanish from Indiana University. During her time as an undergraduate, Lauren interned for the Islamic Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she conducted research and led Middle Eastern and North African roundtables. Her senior thesis, “From the Gardens of Paradise,” focused on space, travel, and holiness in a North African Dala’il al-Khayrat manuscript from the Met’s collection. She recently founded and curated Sanctuary, a nonprofit art exhibition dedicated to fighting food and housing insecurity in her community.
The hajj pilgrimage is a life-shaping experience for millions of Muslims around the world. It culminates with the arrival at the Holy Mosque in Mecca. These manuscripts from the collections of the National Library of Israel depict the Islamic holy sites in Mecca and Medina in colorful illustrations, an artistic expression of faith that continues to evolve…
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