Ms. Danine Devine
Islamic Near East Gallery
The Arabic word 'Islam' means submission, and derives from a word meaning peace. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. Islam is not only a religion, but the same truth that God has revealed through all his prophets to all his people. Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of forgiveness, peace, mercy, and faith. About one billion people from many from a vast rang of ethnicities, cultures, and nationalities are united by their common Islamic Faith, and I happen to be one of them. About 18% live in the Arabian world, the worlds largest Islamic population happen to be in Indonesia, parts of Asia, and most of Africa. The smaller minorities are to be found in North American, South America, China, and Europe. We believe in many interesting things including our one, incomparable god whom we refer to as Allah.
I have been Muslim for years now and I've learned many interesting things about my religion. I learn something new everyday. Ive learned that helps humble a person, and make people realize a lot of important things about life. There are many things that come with being a Muslim and there is so much to learn. Islam places a great deal of emphasis on 'self-development' where an person takes the responsibility for understanding the purpose of human life, and shaping that life in the best possible manner.
The Islam civilization begun with the migration of Prophet Muhammad and his entirely small band of followers from Mecca to Medina in 620 E. When I visited the Art Galleries at Upenn I noticed that they focused more on the cities where Islam originated like Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Egypt. The Museum didn't real focus on the material culture of the Islamic medieval periods, but the Archaeological expeditions and collections ventured in the medieval periods after 700 CE.
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