Check Out the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies 2019 Islamic History Month Celebration at Vancouver Public LibraryWritten by SFU Centre for Muslim Studies
Simon Fraser University Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS) invites you to the 2019 Vancouver Islamic History Month Celebration
Join us in celebrating Vancouver’s Muslim through a wide variety of art and an exploration of what it means to be in good relationship with Indigenous communities on this land.
The SFU Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS) invites you to join in celebrating the 2019 edition of Islamic History Month in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library (VPL).
Every October, cities across Canada commemorate Islamic History Month. This provides an opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, contributions of Muslim Canadians to the communities they live in. This year we seek to make space within the celebration of this month to explore what it means to be Muslims in relationship with Indigenous communities.
This unique event seeks to showcase local talent from Muslim and Indigenous communities highlighting the multiple stories and talents the communities hold.
Collaboration and solidarity with Indigenous communities on this land are the themes of this year’s event. In working towards this, the event is being planned by members of the Muslim community and Squamish DJ, Paisley Nahanee. The event poster is co-designed by Indigenous and Muslim artists, John Velten and Doaa Jamal.
The event will include art displays, exhibitions of Indigenous and Muslim history, poetry, music, food, workshops and more at the Vancouver Public Library from 12-5 pm on 5 October 2019.
This event was initiated by the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee in 2018. This year we seek to make space within the celebration of this month to explore what it means to be Muslims in relationship with Indigenous communities.
Muslim communities have increasingly become the focus of negative public attention, and as we work to reclaim our narratives we also recognize that Indigenous communities have been facing similar struggles for generations. The diversity and positivity of Muslim art and cultural practices are not often highlighted, as is the case with Indigenous communities, which is why Islamic History Month provides a unique opportunity to showcase our local artists and performers, highlight the importance of telling our own stories and examine what it means to be on this land and in good relationship.
The Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS) has been established at Simon Fraser University to encourage the academic discussion and public understanding of the cultures and societies of Muslim peoples in the past and present.