Library Unveils National Exhibit on Islamic Culture

Islam CultureSanta Maria campus library hosts Islamic art and architecture exhibit

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 -- Students and community members can travel back in time 1,400 years and immerse themselves in the Islamic culture on Tuesday, Dec.3, at the Allan Hancock College library. From 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. the Santa Maria campus library is hosting “Bridging Cultures – Islamic Art and Architecture through the Ages.”

“We are so excited to host this event. Our students and many people in the community don’t have the opportunities to travel the world to learn about other cultures. We are bringing the Islamic and Muslim culture and history directly to them,” said librarian Leslie Mosson.

Islamic Culture

The event showcases the Muslim Journey Bookshelf that was awarded to Hancock by the National Endowment for Humanities and the American Library Association. Mosson says this is the first time in more than a decade the Hancock library has received a national endowment humanities grant.

The exhibit includes 25 books and four DVDs specifically selected to help people familiarize themselves with the places, history, faith, arts and cultures of Muslims. It is free and open to the public.

“These are high quality, balanced materials to help people make connections between Western and Islamic societies. We are thrilled anytime we can help expand peoples’ views of the world,” Mosson added.

The critically-acclaimed film Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, will be screened from 2:30-4 p.m. The 90-minute documentary, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, focuses on art in nine countries over 1,400 years of history. It presents the stories behind Islamic art and architecture that includes mosques, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. 

Short films on Islamic calligraphy, gardens, textiles and miniature paintings will also be shown throughout the day.

The Muslim Journey Bookshelf is a permanent addition to the Hancock library. Library users will be able to check out materials from the exhibit.

For more information, please contact the Allan Hancock College library resource desk at (805) 922-6966, ext. 3322.

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Last Modified Jan 17, 2014