№ 394/2014 from Nov 12, 2014
An exhibition to open on November 18, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin will depict ordinary and sometimes underrepresented situations from the everyday life of Muslims in various countries. The diversity of life experiences of Muslims around the world will be demonstrated with photographs, objects, and excerpts from articles by members of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS). The aim is to expand the often one-sided impressions of Islam as extremely religious, male-dominated, and traditional to include more diverse impressions of the everyday life of Muslims. The exhibition "Framing Muslims" is being organized by doctoral students in the multidisciplinary BGSMCS. The vernissage is public, and admission is free. The director of BGSMCS, Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer, will be present.
The researchers connected with the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies investigate the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies. Special attention is given to relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, as well as forms of inter- and intra-cultural communication. The exhibition curators Omar Kasmani from Karachi in Pakistan and Stefan Maneval from Berlin represent the broad range of research on the regional and cultural contexts of Islam at BGSMCS. Kasmani does research on body and gender issues among contemporary Sufis in the province of Sindh in Pakistan, and Maneval works on architecture in present-day Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Website about the exhibition "Framing Muslims": www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/Termin/Framing-Muslims-Fotoausstellung.html