Urbana University to Host Children of Abraham Exhibit

URBANA, Ohio (September 18, 2013) - The Ohio Humanities Council has announced that Urbana University has been selected to host the “Children of Abraham” exhibit during October 2013. The free exhibit may be viewed in the University Swedenborg Memorial Library, 579 College Way, when the library is open, Monday – Thursday 8 am – 10 pm; Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 12 noon – 4 pm, and Sunday 7 pm – 10 pm. 

The exhibit features panels exploring the commonality of beliefs shared by Christians, Muslims and Jews. Because of their shared connection to the life and religion of Abraham, the three religions are often referred to as the Abrahamic religions. The Children of Abraham exhibit describes when, where and how the three religions originated. It also identifies their main leaders – Abraham and Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, and their holy texts – the Torah, the New Testament and the Qur’an. The exhibit examines the core beliefs of each religion as well as their common beliefs. Sacred spaces, such as temples, mosques and churches are also considered.

Urbana University Library Director, Julie McDaniel, said, “We are pleased the Ohio Humanities Council chose to share this exhibit with Urbana University during the same time period when programs from the National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf are offered. We know that many of our students and those in the Champaign County community may not have had an opportunity to learn about Islam. The Children of Abraham exhibit allows visitors to see the common connections between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, while the Muslim Journeys’ movies and lectures enable all to learn more about Islam and its followers, Muslims.”

The Children of Abraham exhibit was created through a collaboration of the Ohio Humanities Council, Bridges for a Just Community, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. The exhibit was designed by Darrin Scott Hunter and Robert Probst at the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. Children of Abraham has been made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

For more information on this upcoming exhibit and programs, go to the Urbana University web site and click on: http://www.urbana.edu/resources/community/muslimjourneys.html

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