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From 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

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Paracas TextileThe Rosetta StoneSwimming ReindeerNorth American Otter PipeSilk Princess PaintingDouble-headed SerpentThe Lewis ChessmenOlduvai Stone Chopping ToolCredit CardSolar-powered Lamp and Charger

Credit Card

Shari'a compliant Gold Visa Card issued by HSBC's Amanah division in the United Arab Emirates, 2009. Islamic finance operates in accordance with Islamic rules of transactions, most notably the elimination of interest.


Originally presented as a BBC radio series and now a book published in America, "A History of the World in 100 Objects" tells the story of humanity using artifacts selected from the British Museum.

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