Workshop #2, by popular demand! "Exploring World Religions, Focus on Islam through the Exhibit "The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts"

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Illuminated heading of Sura al-Mutaffifin, from a single-volume Qur'an, Iran, probably Tabriz, Il-Khanid period, ca. 1330, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, TIEM 487, folio 336a, detail.

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20013. Attendees will be admitted to the museum before official opening, and be escorted to the ImaginAsia classroom, Sublevel 2.

Teaching about world religions through scriptural, literary, and artistic sources is an excellent way to introduce students to diverse religious traditions and culture. However, using such information in the classroom can often be challenging and confusing.  Join fellow educators at a day-long workshop with a focus on Islam, exploring the special exhibition The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery through February 20, 2017.

The morning sessions focus on guidelines, approaches, and resources for teaching about religions, and the beliefs, practices, and values of Islam as they relate to the Qur'an. An introduction to the upper level of the two-floor exhibition will focus on the nature of the Qur’an and its written and oral expression. The afternoon sessions explore the Qur’an as public art form, featuring illuminated manuscripts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, on view in the lower level. You’ll engage in close looking exercises using creative and reflective strategies you can employ in your classroom and see a specially-designed Arabic calligraphy demonstration.  Museum and university faculty include experts on the religious traditions and the arts of the Islamic world.

This landmark exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, in collaboration with the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, tells the individual stories of some of these extraordinary manuscripts, their makers and their owners. Participants will learn how the Qur’an was transformed from an orally transmitted message into a fixed text, transcribed and illuminated by some of the most skilled artists of the Islamic world and treasured and disseminated by sultans and viziers over centuries.

Lunch and resources are provided.  K-12 educators from all disciplines and grades are welcome. Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration on a first come, first served basis. Register at THIS LINK.

The workshop is organized by Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, and co-sponsored by the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown, and is made possible by Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown.