Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

Library Hosts Special Exhibit and Performances

Illuminated Verses ImageDC Public Library hosts Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a two-year, national initiative that uses scholarly interpretation and performance of oral and literary Muslim poetry tradition to increase understanding of Muslim cultures.

This project incorporates three mutually reinforcing components to deepen the public's understanding of the cultures of the Islamic world, via its poetries:

  • A series of public programs presenting the varied poetic traditions of the Muslim world through the scholarly interpretation of the art;
  • An 18-panel exhibit to engage broad interest and illustrate key concepts; and
  • a website where customers can explore the subject more deeply.

The exhibit will be on display from September through November 2013 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The Library is hosting a series of programs in conjunction with the exhibit.

Understanding Turkish Cultures through Poetry: From Sufism to Postmodernism
Monday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Song of the Reed: Rumi with Jawid Mojadeddi and Amir Vahab,

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

Blues & the Muslim Call to Prayer
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Teen poets of the DC Youth Slam Team will perform pieces in response to the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library | Great Hall
 

The Worlds of the Ghazal
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
 

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the DC Public Library, along with the public libraries in Detroit, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Queens. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.



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