Islamic Art Exhibit Opening at Duquesne
Duquesne University's Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee will sponsor an exhibition of Islamic art in the Les Idees Gallery on the third floor of the Duquesne Union. The exhibit is part of the committee's mission to provide a platform for multiple perspectives between Christians and Muslims and to promote healthy and peaceful relationships.
"Art is one way that the committee is working to forge a healthy Muslim-Christian relationship between the University community, the global Christian community and the Muslim world, especially Muslims in Pittsburgh," said Dr. Marinus Iwuchukwu, committee chair and associate professor of theology.
All four artists whose work will appear in the gallery are based in Pittsburgh. Three of them-Mina Aldoori, Ghofran Shaker and Hadeel Jawad Salameh-are undergraduate students at different colleges and universities in the city. The fourth, Dr. Hoda Moustapha, is a professional artist who lives and works in Pittsburgh.
The art in the gallery will reflect the diversity in the Islamic world and include deeply religious pieces plus cultural and ideological works.
"Even though the theme is the same, each artist and their works are different, because each of them views their experiences from the perspective of different cultures within the Islamic world," said Iwuchukwu.
The exhibit runs from Thursday, Sept. 4, through Tuesday, Sept. 30, and will be open during regular business hours.
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