Exploring World Religions, Focus on Islam through the Exhibit "The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts"

(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, November 5, 2016 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, CCAS Boardroom and charter bus to the Sackler after lunch

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 exploring this topic with a focus on Islam. 

The morning session at Georgetown University focuses on guidelines, approaches, and resources for teaching about religions, and the beliefs, practices, and values of Islam as they relate to the Qur'an.

The afternoon session at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery explores diverse objects, including illuminated manuscripts of Islam’s holiest text, the Qur’an, from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan in the special exhibition The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

This landmark exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art 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.

You’ll engage in close looking exercises and creative and reflective strategies you can employ in your classroom.  Museum and university faculty and guest speakers will include experts on the religious traditions and the arts of the Islamic world.

Lunch and transportation between the two locations is provided.  K-12 educators from all disciplines and grades are welcome. 

This workshop is made possible by Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, which is funding a National Resource Center on the Middle East at Georgetown.  It 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.

Space is limited to 25 participants. Registration on a first come, first served basis.Register at this link