Scholar to Present Seminar on Islam for Clergy. Contact: Patrick Verel (212) 636-7790 firstname.lastname@example.org An expert on Islam will explore its basic history, concepts and calendar at a free seminar for New York-area clergy. “Islam 101” will be presented by Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., visiting instructor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. When: Tuesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: 12th-Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center campus RSVP: before Thursday, March 24 to Mary Tennermann (212) 665-0732 ext. 237
Metropolitan Museum’s Moroccan Courtyard Takes Shape – NYTimes.com. Almost 30 years later the museum was embarking on the most ambitious rethinking and rebuilding of its Islamic art galleries in its history, a $50 million endeavor. At the heart of those galleries, which will open in the fall after being closed six years, it dreamed of showcasing the defining feature of Moroccan and southern Spanish Islamic architecture: a medieval Maghrebi-Andalusian-style courtyard, which would function in much the same way such courtyards still do in the traditional houses and mosques of Marrakesh or Casablanca, as their physical and spiritual center.
‘In a Better World’ and Other Films on Islam – NYTimes.com. AT the Oscars last month the gap between what interests Hollywood and what the rest of the world seems to be doing was sharp and clear. Of the five nominees for the best foreign-language film, all but one, among them the winner, “In a Better World,” from Denmark, dealt in some way with relationships between the West and Islam.
In a Muslim State, Fear Sends Some Worship Underground – NYTimes.com. “I consider myself the new generation of Malaysian Shia,” said Mr. Mohammad, 33, using another term to describe Shiites. “My father is Sunni, my mother is Sunni. They are aware that I’m practicing a different school of thought. It’s no problem at all.”
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Press Room – Chairman’s Press. To all those who observe Nowruz, including those in Afghanistan, Iran, and the United States, I would like to wish you Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak.