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Koran by heart [DVD] : one chance to remember
Call Number: BP 188.3 .C5 K67 2011
here are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, many of whom grapple with the role religion should play in their lives, and the lives of their children. Each year during Ramadan, more than a hundred of the best young students from more than 70 countries across the Islamic world converge on Cairo for Egypt’s International Holy Koran Competition, one of the Islamic world’s most prestigious contests. Some of the competitors are as young as seven, and several have memorized the entire 600-page Koran without actually speaking Arabic.

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Islamic Arts - Jonathan Bloom; Sheila S. Blair
Call Number: N 6260 .B57 1997
ISBN: 071483176X
Publication Date: 1997-04-24
A comprehensive survey that brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.Islamic Arts, a comprehensive survey covering a thousand years, highlights those characteristics that connect the various arts of the Islamic lands without minimizing the differences. The book is divided into three time periods - 600-900, 900-1500 and 1500-1800 - and each section analyses architecture, the arts of the book, decorative and applied arts. Islamic Arts brilliantly captures the essence of Islamic culture.

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Islamic art [DVD] : mirror of the invisible world
Call Number: N 6260 .I853 2011
This new ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.

Like all art, Islamic art carries with it the fundamental values and perspectives of the artists who created it as well as those who commissioned and paid for it. It incorporates the basic themes of transcendent beauty common to all creative endeavors.

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Prince among slaves [DVD]
Call Number: E 444 .I25 P75 2011
In 1788 a slave-ship set sail from West Africa, its berth laden with a profitable but fragile cargo: hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains and headed for American shores. Eight months later the survivors were sold in Natchez, Mississippi. Among them was the 26-year-old Abdul Rahman Sori, heir to the throne of one of the largest kingdoms in Africa.

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The Art of Hajj - Venetia Porter
Call Number: N 6260 .P67 2012
ISBN: 9781566568845
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
'It is laid down in the Qur#146;an that at least once in their lives Muslims should undertake the annual spiritual pilgrimage#151;the Hajj#151;to the holy city of Mecca. There, within a sanctuary, lies the Ka#146;ba#151;a cube of black granite that is the literal center of a Muslim#146;s world and the compass point towards which daily prayers are made. This striking little book not only takes the reader on a journey, but celebrates the skill and creativity of artists, craftspeople, and the pilgrims themselves who have responded to the call of Hajj over the centuries. #149; Encompasses a striking array of objects and images, from the seventh to the 21st centuries. #149; Features illuminated manuscripts, wall paintings and photographs, calligraphy, textiles, scientific instruments, decorative tiles, maps, ceramics, metalwork, and powerful works by contemporary artists.


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