Islamic Cultures In Reflection: A Southeast Asia Photograph ExhibitionArchitecturePeople, ceremonies, and rituals
March 1, 2007-April 30, 2007
Location: Elevator Gallery
Organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The theme of the exhibit is "to visually and substantially address the cultural diversity of Islam in the region."
"The geography of Islam and its diverse heritage is evident in nearly every country of the region from East Timor to Vietnam."
The mosque is the most recognizable images of Islam. But the photos of different mosques in this collection reflect the diverse cultures that make up the area.
Like the architecture, the people, culture and ceremonies are again a merging of Islamic practice and a regions culture. A wedding is a good example. There are reat photos of weddings and the accompanying events that show how the Southeast Asian have accomodated Islamic traditions and customs into regional culture.
Twenty percent of the world's Muslim population lives in Southeast Asia. "The diversity of Islam, which is often lost in media and political circules, is captured most poeticlaly in the individuals themselves. The interaction between culture and religion unfolds differently in diffferent places. Despite the diversity, the photographs in the exhibit share a common humanity, and a commoneveryday experience: boys and girls going to school; teachers smiling; an elaborate wedding; and young women enjoying free time together at an amusement park."
Come and share and rare an exciting glimpse of Islamic life in Southeast Asia.