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June 28, 2011 > Legacy of Quran: Message of Peace

Legacy of Quran: Message of Peace

American artists tracing their ethnicities from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, China, Europe, Africa and the United States of America participated in an Art Exhibit, organized by a local non-profit, Islamic Art Exhibit.

"We have so much diversity in the Bay Area Muslim community. In order to showcase their artistic talents and display the many characteristics of Islamic Art, we invited them to participate in an Art Exhibit based on the common theme of Peace," says Nabeela Sajjad, its founder.

Providing a number of verses from the Quran for inspiration and a set of rules, 41 artists submitted 75 pieces of artwork. One hundred Muslim children from the Bay Area also participated. Their theme is based on a song called "A is for Allah" by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens).

People view Islamic Art as mostly Calligraphy. While Calligraphy is genre of Art in its own right, Islamic Art includes a lot more. It has evolved and accepts new media through which artists can express themselves. With the prohibition of depicting human form or faces, Islamic Art has developed a unique character, utilizing a number of primary forms: geometric, arabesque, floral, and calligraphic, which are often interwoven. The result is an exhibition of paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, photographs, traditional calligraphies, quilting, textile, digital collage and more.

Dr. Linda Komaroff, associate curator of Islamic Art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art says, "Islamic art is perhaps the most accessible manifestation of a complex civilization that often seems enigmatic to outsiders. Through its brilliant use of color and its superb balance between design and form, Islamic art creates an immediate visual impact. Its strong aesthetic appeal transcends distances in time and space, as well as differences in language, culture and creed."

The "Legacy of Quran; Message of Peace" Exhibit is currently on display at the 4th floor exhibition area of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose. It will be displayed in the Fremont Main Library during the month of July. For more information, visit

Legacy of Quran; Message of Peace
Month of July
2400 Fremont Main Library
Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1400

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