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Mohamed Koussey at the Arabian Canadian Bazaar on January 18 2015. Mohamed Koussey at the Arabian Canadian Bazaar on January 18 2015. Ibrahim Alghazali

What Do You Want The World To Know About Arab Culture? - Mohamed El Koussy

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Muslim Link is continuing its series Muslims of Ottawa. At the Arabian Canadian Bazaar, we asked Arab Muslims from Ottawa the question: What Do You Want The World to Know about Arab Culture?. Here is an executive member of Carleton University's Salam: Reviving the Arab Culture, Mohamed El Koussy's response.

The diversity within the Arab culture is limitless! As a student who works very closely with Arab organizations, I can honestly say that there hasn't been a single programming where I haven't learned something new about this culture. The Arab culture is full of beauty and knowledge. It is also uniquely sophisticated even within its many forms of art. These include the spoken and written word of poetry, music, calligraphy and architecture. Even the sciences were affected by the advancement of Arab innovations and discoveries. It also possesses unique social norms that were even adopted within the Islamic faith. The Arab culture has set a standard and a foundation for how people should interact, which was later developed by Islam. One cannot fathom the depth of this culture by simply reading a few historical facts. If there's one thing I want the world to know about it, it would be that it is beautiful. Take the time to truly learn about the Arab culture and appreciate its beauty! Ultimately, appreciate and love the diversity within the Arab culture as well as all the cultures of the world.

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Muslims of Ottawa is a photographic representation of the diversity and humanity of our community. The project is two-fold: (1) We want to share and document the broad array of cultures, lifestyles, professions and other defining features of Muslims in Ottawa and (2) we want to hear from members of the community in their own words. This project originally began as a partnership between Muslim Link and abcreatives, who took 20 photos of Muslims in Ottawa. Muslim Link is now continuing the project which takes its inspiration primarily from Humans of New York, but is also influenced by loveOttawa and Somali Sideways.