Muslim artifacts highlight International Islamic Expo in Brunei

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2001

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) -- Leather footwear and a walking stick believed to have been used by the Prophet Muhammad drew thousands to an International Islamic Expo in this tiny sultanate.

The showcase for artifacts and modern goods from Muslim nations was a rarity for Brunei, whose closest neighbors are southeast Asia's other predominantly Muslim lands, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Items linked to Muhammad and his family were loaned by a Pakistan mosque and private collections. Brunei's ruling family provided scores of Qurans, some so small that the display used magnifying glasses.

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