Muslim Cultural Fair at Urbana University

URBANA, Ohio (November 5, 2013) – On Monday, November 11, from 6-8 pm in the Urbana University Student Center Sara Landess Room, the public is invited to a Muslim Journey’s Cultural Fair. This is the final event for the month-long focus on the Muslim Journeys: Bridging Cultures Bookshelf. The event is free. The building and exhibit room are handicap accessible.

Students, faculty, and special guests will showcase a multitude of displays on aspects of Muslim cultures throughout the world, such as Muslim perspectives on Chemistry and Alchemy, Math and Islam, clothing, the Hajj, Theatre and Islam, and more. There will be Turkish Food Faire to sample and an antique Persian rug to view.

This will also be the final opportunity to view the Children of Abraham exhibit on loan from the Ohio Humanities Council. 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.

For details about other programs in the Muslim Journeys series, consult the website: http://www.urbana.edu/resources/community/muslimjourneys.html

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. Local support is provided by Urbana University and the Champaign County Peace Alliance.

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