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'So That You Might Know Each Other'


Ask Me Anything conversations

Two women and a man dressed in traditional costumes singing and playing music

Saturday 16 June, 21 July; Wednesday 6 June, 4 July
12–2pm

Join members of Canberra’s Muslim community for an open conversation about Islam.

Ask about Iftar, fasting at Ramadan, the difference between a niqab and hijab, and more.

Free
Gandel Atrium

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The Hajj: Pilgrimage, prestige, and the religious imagination

Tuesday 22 May 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

James Piscatori
James Piscatori

Join Professor James Piscatori, Deputy Director and leading scholar at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, as he explores the Hajj.

This annual pilgrimage to Mecca represents the oneness of the Islamic community and is viewed as an affirmation of the equality of all believers. It carries immense symbolic significance and exercises a profound hold on the Muslim imagination.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre

Object Club: Faith and Culture

Friday 25 May 2018, 10am–12pm

An overcoat made from tapestry-woven wool, silk and metal thread brocading
Photo © Vatican Museums

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Object Club explores different facets of objects and their place in history. Join lead curator Carol Cooper and Museum host Sameh Abu Sulieman on a journey to ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’. Carol will detail the exhibition’s origins and partnerships. Sameh will explain the exhibition title and its meaning for people of Islamic faith.

Carol and Sameh will also lead a tour of the exhibition, discussing two objects which are special to them.

Free
Bookings essential: Eventbrite
Meet in the Friends Lounge at 10am

By Compass and Quran film screening and conversation with the director

Afghan camels and drivers in the Mailee about 1930

Sunday 10 June 2018, 2–3.30pm

Join us for a special screening of the documentary By Compass and Quran: History of Australia’s Muslim cameleers. The film tells the story of Muslim cameleers in Australia from the 1840s to the 1930s. It is a tribute to their significant contribution to the navigation of Australia’s interior, and a testament to their determination and personal sacrifice.

Director Kuranda Seyit will be in conversation with Afghan cameleer descendant Butch Williamson after the screening.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre

Introduction to Islam

Thursday 14 June 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Amin Saikal
Amin Saikal

Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA, Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University, is a specialist in the politics, history, political economy and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia.

In this lecture, he will provide an introduction to Islam and the foundations of this global religion.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre

A dialogue of objects: Implications of Islamic art

Thursday 5 July 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Sam Bowker
Sam Bowker

Sam Bowker, lecturer in art history and visual culture at Charles Sturt University, shares his favourite things from the ‘So That You Might Know Each Other’ exhibition to reveal unexpected relationships with contemporary art and design.

Through innovative, audacious, intricate and unusual objects, this lecture will outline some of the complications that situate ‘Islamic’ art as a challenging and global field.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends 
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre

The Inner Apartment: Contemporary Australian Muslim art

Thursday 19 July 2018, 12.30–1.30pm

Inner apartment lecture
Courtesy Nishi Gallery

The Inner Apartment exhibition on show at the Nishi Gallery, New Acton, explores the fractured beauty of the sacred and the mundane.

Featuring works by Shireen Taweel, Hoda Afshar and Leila El Rayes, the exhibition examines the ways in which usually private, spiritual and deeply personal matters of the heart and mind have been turned inside-out and thrust into the public domain.

Join curator, Nur Shkembi, and the artists as they discuss their work and the ideas behind the exhibition.

Cost: $15 adult, $10 concession, $7.50 Friends
Bookings essential: Eventbrite (fees apply)
Visions Theatre