The Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam Through Calligraphy

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  • October 20, 2001 - May 12, 2002. Through the art and understanding of calligraphy, the exhibit introduces visitors to the aesthetics, spirituality, and principles of education related to the world of Islam. This project was developed in collaboration with members of the Lower Mainland Muslim community and presents a selection of outstanding examples of Islamic art and calligraphy from different historical periods. This is the first major exhibition organizes by an Canadian institution to address the arts and beliefs of Islam. A website was created as part of the exhibition: http://www.moa.ubc.ca/spiritofislam/index2.html. This comprehensive online resource approaches the study of Islam through calligraphy. The Spirit of Islam features examples of Islamic calligraphy, historical timelines, cultural connections, calligraphy writing lessons, and interactive elements including sound and visual aids. Discover the diverse voices of Islam by listening to community interviews. The resource section is designed for teachers and includes notable dates, a glossary, and lesson plans surrounding issues of stereotyping and diversity. Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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