Islamic exhibition opens
An exhibition showcasing cultural and religious objects from the Islamic world opened yesterday in Taipei, aiming at advancing the public’s understanding of Muslim life and culture. The Exhibition of Islamic Life and Culture at the National Taiwan Museum displays more than 200 items, including precious manuscripts of the Koran, the sacred text of Islam, the museum said. It also features clothes, tapestries and other everyday objects used by Muslims. “This is the first comprehensive Islamic exhibition in Taiwan,” National Taiwan Museum director Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民) said. Although Muslims make up approximately 25 percent of the world’s population, Chen said the general public in Taiwan is very unfamiliar with Islamic culture and he expressed the hope that the exhibition would help change that. The exhibition is jointly organized by the museum, the Taiwan Association of Islamic Studies and National Chengchi University. It is to run through June 22.
Travel alerts downgraded
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that its travel alert for two areas in the Philippines ravaged separately by an earthquake and typhoon have been downgraded to the lowest-level gray warning. The ministry had previously issued higher alerts for Bohol province, which was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Oct. 15, and central islands such as Boracay and Cebu, which were battered by Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 8 last year. However, the two areas have largely recovered after reconstruction efforts, which led to a downgrade of the travel alert from yellow to gray, the ministry said. A gray alert is simply a reminder to Taiwanese to be careful when traveling to the destination.