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Jacksonville Hosts Poetic Voices of the Muslim World!

Jacksonville will be only one of six cities (and the only city in the Southeast) to host an extraordinary series of cultural programs and exhibits called: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations, dialogue, visual art, music and performance. This lush program will begin in March and end in June and is provided free to the public, and some of the lecturers are amongst the finest in the world. Join us after the jump for the details of this very incredible exhibition

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 15, 2013 – The Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), in partnership with the University of North Florida (UNF) and the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville, will host Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a traveling exhibit and series of programs presenting the varied poetic traditions of the Muslim world, beginning March 2. Jacksonville was one of six cities in the U.S. chosen to host Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a national initiative that celebrates poetry with scholar presentations, dialogue, visual art, music and performance.
 
The large, 18-panel exhibit will be on display at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., from March 2 through April 27 and at the Main Library, 303 Laura St. N., from May 1 through June 15. The lushly-illustrated exhibit highlights poetic traditions from four major language areas—Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu—and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in the U.S. Designed by RAA Associates, the exhibit features photography, calligraphic masterworks, and poetry from Adonis to Rumi.
 
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World encompasses a series of programs to run March through June at JPL and UNF. Programs include lectures, movies, performances, hands-on arts and crafts, music programs, cultural art demonstrations, documentary and book discussions, and activities for children, teens and adults. All programs are free; however, reservations are requested for some programs. Visit http://jaxpubliclibrary.org/poeticvoices for more information and reservations.


Levee Camp Holler, one of the early blues songs bearing a close connection to the Muslim Call to Prayer.
 
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World will kick off its program series with Blues and the Muslim Call to Prayer, a lecture with images and recordings on March 2 at UNF at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom in the Adam W. Herbert University Center. Award-winning historian Dr. Sylviane Diouf of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will play early blues recordings side-by-side with African recordings of the call to prayer, and ask the audience to note the similarities. Alamiromar “Omar” Zeinelabin, a UNF freshman and member of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, will give the Call to Prayer.
 
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World programs will highlight books and movies from JPL’s Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys  collection, awarded to JPL by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. The Bridging Cultures initiative highlights the importance of civility in American life and embraces the role of libraries in fostering community conversations that bring the humanities to the public in new ways. For more information about programs, call Lisa Brown Buggs at JPL at 630-4655.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,  developed by City Lore and Poets House, is funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative to foster understanding of different cultures through the arts and humanities.
 
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N.Y. 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.
 
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. For special accommodations, please call at least 72 hours prior to the event. For library events, call 630-4655 (TTY 630-1999); for UNF events, call 620-2125.



Here is a full listing of the exhibit and its schedule

March 2, 2013, Normal Library Hours
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World begins at Southeast Regional Library

March 2, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Adam W. Herbert University Center Grand Ballroom UNF
Note: Reservations are required for this program. Click here for reservations.
Blues and the Muslim Call to Prayer with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
     Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane A. Diouf of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South, may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur'an and the call to prayer in West Africa. She plays early blues recordings side by side with African recordings of the call to prayer and invites audiences to catch the similarities. UNF freshman and pre-med major, Alamiromar “Omar” Zeinelabdin will give the Call to Prayer. Omar is also a member of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida where he frequently gives the Call to Friday Prayer.




March 3, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library Hicks Auditorium
Ebru Art Demonstration
     Fatma Yilmaz graduated from Gazi University's Decorative Arts Education department in Ankara, Turkey. Since moving to the United States in 2009, she demonstrates the Ebru (paper marbling) technique which has mainly been applied to paper for centuries, but is sometimes used with fabrics - especially silk.



March 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Prince Among Slaves (trailer)

Andrew A. Robinson, Jr. Theater, UNF
Movies on the House: Prince Among Slaves* documentary screening and discussion.
     Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.
A discussion with a local scholar immediately follows.

March 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Calligraphy Demonstration
     Renowned calligrapher Aydin Cayir will demonstrate his art of contemporary form, merged with traditional and Latin calligraphies and graphic art. Receiving personal training from master calligraphers in Istanbul (where this art has been formed in its best style for centuries), he describes calligraphy as the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner.

March 23, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept.
Stories for Young Children (Preschool), Featuring Arabic folktales

March 26, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept.
Family Art Night (Ages 6 and older)
Make a magic carpet



March 26, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Note: Reservations are required for this program. Click here for reservations.
Words of Praise: the Qasida with Dr. Michael Sells with Amir El-Saffar and the Safaafir ensemble
     The qasida is a long rhymed ode common to Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu literature. It originated among Arab Bedouins as an oral poem in praise of the tribe or denigrating its enemies. Michael Sells’ insightful talk reveals the remarkable richness of language and range of emotions evoked by Arabic Golden Age poets Imru al-Qays and al-Mutanabbi. Dr. Sells describes how the form continues to be used today in contexts as varied as televised political commentaries and village weddings. This lecture is followed by an Iraqi maqam performance by Amir El-Saffar and his ensemble Safaafir, who draw on forms like the qasida from the Arabic Golden Age.

March 30, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept.
School-Age Art Project (Ages 6 and older)
Design your own Tughra

April 5, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept.
School’s Out Poetry Scavenger Hunt

April 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Talon Room, Osprey Commons, Bldg. 16, Fourth Floor, UNF
Note: Reservations are required for this program. Click here for reservations.
Worlds of Ghazal with Syed Akbar Hyder with ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia
     Composed in sets of two-line verses, the ghazal has long been favored by poets from the Arabic Golden Age and the Ottoman courts to the contemporary English-speaking world. Scholar Syed Akbar Hyder offers a brief history of this form and close, thoughtful readings of work by two Urdu masters--Mir Taqi Mir (1723-1810) and Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869)--which demonstrate the beauty of the form. This lecture is followed by a performance by Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and her accompanist Rez Abbasi, who bring contemporary stylings to this timeless work.

April 6, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept.
Family Art Night (Ages 6 and older)
Make a poetry bookmark

April 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, Fourth Floor Atrium
Poetry Discussion
“Conference of the Birds” by Farid ud-Din Attar* will be discussed.

April 25, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Prince Among Slaves* documentary screening and discussion
     Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.
A discussion with a local scholar immediately follows the screening.

April 28, 2013
Southeast Regional Library
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World ends at Southeast Regional Library

May 1, 2013, Normal Library Hours
Main Library, Fourth Floor Atrium
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit begins at Main Library


Sheherazade of the 1001 Tales or Arabian Nights

May 4, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, Fourth Floor Atrium
Book and Documentary Discussion
     A discussion of the classic book, "The Arabian Nights" and a screening of the documentary, “The Thousand and One Nights: A Historical Perspective” will be facilitated by a librarian from the Jacksonville Public Library.

May 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Poetic Voices of Jacksonville: Pathways of Faith and Values
Local teen and young adult poets will enter a poetry competition allowing the winners to share and discuss their work with a panel of scholars.
Poetry may appear in any language; however, if in a language other than English, an English translation must also be provided.



"Only Breath" by Rumi (b. 1207 - d. 1273)

May 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Adam W. Herbert University Center, Grand Ballroom, UNF
Note: Reservations are required for this program. Click here for reservations.
Song of the Reed: Rumi
Dr. Jawid Mojadeddi with composer and performer Amir Vahab and his ensemble
     13th century Persian poet Rumiis now one of the most widely read poets in the United States. In this talk, scholar and translator Jawid Mojadeddi discusses the beauty of Rumi’s Masnavi: its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets. This talk is followed by a performance of the poems set to music (in English and Persian) by distinguished composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.

June 7, 2013, Noon
Main Library, Room G-4, Conference Center Level
JPL – Lunch & Lit Book Club
Discussion of “Snow” by Orhan Palmuk*

June 16, 2013
Main Library, Fourth Floor Atrium
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit ends


This exhibit is going to be lush, exciting and fairly romantic.  Definitely worth the time and effort to do the entire slate of events.

article by Stephen Dare







1 Comments

nandrewsn

July 11, 2013, 11:13:34 AM
I think Jacksonville needs more of these events. There are more to know about the world. Jax needs to be open to the world.
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