Birmingham exhibition explores the role of Muslim soldiers during World War One

on November 10, 2016

A new exhibition in Birmingham is recognising the contribution of Muslim soldiers during World War One.

The Connected Histories showcase at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has been curated by Izzy Mohammed and features the stories of some of those who served during the conflict.

A uniform which forms part of the Muslim Soldiers exhibition in Birmingham

A uniform which forms part of the Muslim Soldiers exhibition in Birmingham

More than 400,000 Muslims fought during World War One and the exhibition uses personal accounts, pictures and historical research to tell their stories.

Izzy said: “It wasn’t hard to unearth these stories because I know a lot of people in Birmingham with relatives who fought in the war. However, in today’s climate as Muslims it is hard to get them to talk about it.”

The exhibition allows visitors to examine rare artefacts such as a genuine field surgeon’s kit, an edition of the Illustrated War Times, a replica Indian army uniform and international recruitment posters.

It has been created by The Library of Birmingham, The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and also features the stories of Muslim soldiers who fought in the Middle East, Scandinavia and Africa.

Izzy said: “While working on this project I wondered why these stories aren’t being told. They’re so important.”

The exhibition is located on the ground floor of the museum and will run until 5th March 2017. Admission is free.

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