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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Toronto's Aga Khan Museum -- Media Monitoring


"Artifacts are displayed on two floors, in large, high-ceilinged, discreetly lit white rooms with teak floors. The main-floor space prefaced by a corridor illuminated by an arresting series of video animations, has its treasures arranged chronologically on an L-shaped footprint, and is decidedly Catholic in its presentation. ...
The world, of course, has many museums and galleries with space devoted to Islamic art. Toronto’s own Royal Ontario Museum, for example, has a curator of Islamic decorative art and its Wirth Gallery of the Middle East contains Islamic artifacts. But the Aga Khan Museum is being touted as the only institution in North America dedicated solely to the panoply of Islamic art – painted illustrations, ceramics, weavings, calligraphy, scientific instruments, paintings, clothing, myriad editions of the Koran. ...

Bentley noted that to many Westerners, Islam is a stern theocratic monolith when, in reality, it’s been a multiplicity of dynasties and civilizations encompassing more than 1,000 years, its reach extending far beyond the Arabian Peninsula to Spain, Africa, Indonesia, the Indian subcontinent and the gates of China. “Our biggest message here really is diversity,” Bentley said, “and how Islam has always responded to local traditions.” Moreover, it’s “not true there is a prohibition against figurative images in Islamic art,” she said. Yes, there is no figuration in the Koran nor images in mosques but, as the Aga Khan Museum shows, figural motifs – human, animal, fanstastical (including dragons and harpies) – were a staple of Islamic artistic expression."
-- [source: Toronto's Aga Khan Museum, opening this week, is a world-class showcase for Islamic art, JAMES ADAMS, The Globe and Mail]




  • Aga Khan Museum: Enlightened Islam Fights Back Against Jihadist Brutality Newsweek
    -- "And the Aga Khan has funded not only the museum but also donated its permanent collection of more than a thousand treasures including .."
  •  Treasures await at new Museum of Islamic Art: Siddiqui Toronto Star
    "American museums — such as the Met and the Morgan in New York, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian in Washington — have significant collections of Islamic arts and manuscripts. So do museums in London, St. Petersburg, Paris and Berlin. But there’s none that exclusively showcases the artistic, intellectual and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations. For that, you have to go to Muslim lands — museums in Istanbul, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Kuwait and elsewhere. Each offers something unique — Qatar, a landmark building by I.M. Pei and a remarkable collection acquired in a short time; Kuwait, Mughal jewelry and rare Qur’ans; Turkey,the treasures of the Ottoman Empire; Malaysia, a focus on the Far East.
    The Aga Khan’s collection is small, about 1,000 precious items, examples of great artistry on bowls, boxes, bottles, beads, dishes, vases, jars, cabinets, hangings, coins, candle stands, jewelry, musical instruments, etc., in different mediums — ceramics, glass, shells, metal, stone, wood, leather, carpets, textiles and paper."
  • PM and Aga Khan open Ismaili Centre and the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Star
  • A timely testament to Islam, Editorial, Toronto Star + ‘Pluralistic spirit' unites Canada, Aga Khan,:
    • Sigmund Roseth, Mississauga
    Your editorial applauding the opening of the Aga Khan Museum notes that the lush gardens on the 17-acre site are “there for all to enjoy — in a part of the city hardly renowned for grace and beauty.”
    Perhaps your readers would like to be reminded there are six lush city parks within about a one kilometer walk of the Aga Khan. They include E.T. Seton Park, Serena Gundy Park, Wilket Creek Park, Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, Moccasin Trail Park and, of course, the magnificent Edwards Gardens.
  •  Stephen Harper on hand for Aga Khan museum, CBC News

  • Yet, Stephen Harper would like us to know that he does not hate Muslims and is committed to peace and diversity – after all, both he and notorious Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney were present to launch the new museum and heap praise upon the Aga Khan and the initiative. Why the seeming disconnect? Why We Don't Need an Islamic Art Museum, (Especially not courtesy the Aga Khan and Stephen Harper) by SUMAYYA KASSAMALI
  • Sunday, September 07, 2014

    Shakira Death Hoax Email Contains Malware, Plus Weekly faithwise roundup

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Dictionary definitions: Interfaith, Multifaith

    What is the Dictionary definition of the terms:

    Interfaith (or inter-faith):
    • interfaith - ADJECTIVE :  involving people who belong to different religions (Macmillan) 
    • Sorry, no entries for interfaith Chambers  
    • interfaith -  adjective -  Relating to or involving different religions or members of different religions: action to encourage interfaith dialogue oxforddictionaries.com
    • interfaith -  adjective \ˌin-tər-ˈfāth\ : involving people of different religions; First Known Use of INTERFAITH : 1932  --  Seen & Heard: "What made you want to look up interfaith? Please tell us where you read or heard it." Merriam-Webster
    Multifaith (or Multi-faith):
    • multi-faith : involving several different religions, a multi-faith approach to religious education (Macmillan)
    • multifaith :  Involving or characterized by a variety of religions: the multifaith approach aims to develop an attitude of tolerance oxforddictionaries.com
    • Sorry, no entries for interfaith Chambers 
    • This word isn't in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution: The Missionary Church of Kopimism

    Peter Sunde has complained that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to meet a representative of a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

    The Pirate Bay co-founder was arrested in May after almost two years on the run, and is currently serving an eight-month sentence in Västervik prison following a conviction for copyright offences.
    "The board of spiritual care (NAV) doesn't have any representative for the Kopimist faith with whom they cooperate and therefore the Prison and Probation Service should provide permission for electronic contact with representatives from the Kopimist faith to believers," Sunde wrote in his complaint.

    The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by 19-year-old 'Young Pirate' member Isak Gersonin 2010, and was formally recognized as a religious organization by the Swedish government at the third attempt in December 2011. 
    The Church derived its name from the online movement "Kopimi" (read as "copyme"), in which users are invited to add a "Kopimi" logo to their website if they are willing to have their information copied by others.
    While the church denies any direct contact with The Pirate Bay, it considers the copying and dissemination of information akin to a religious service, or sacrament. Kopimism furthermore holds the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste, CTRL+C and CTRL+V, as sacred symbols. continue reading


    On the same shelf:

  • Welcome to the missionary church of kopimism:
    In our belief, communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people.
    The absolute secrecy is holy in the church of kopimism.
    In the individual pastoral care and confession with the kopimist priests (the Ops), priests are protected under Swedish law by an absolute professional secrecy.
    Copyright Religion is our absolute opposite – Ongoing obstruction of copying.
    We challenge all copyright believers – most of which have a great deal of influence in politics, and who derive their power by limiting people’s lives and freedom. What they most of all want to limit the knowledge. We need to steel ourselves for their hatred and aggression.
    - Copy. download, uplooad!
    - All knowlegde to all!
    - Information technology is not to be feathered by laws.
  • Monday, June 02, 2014

    Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web -- New on the shelf

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1441175628?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1441175628&linkCode=xm2&tag=httpmultifait-20
    Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, by Gilbert Ramsay
    Review – Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, by Anne Stenersen,
    "The book starts out with a simple, yet intriguing puzzle: Rather than asking why a few online jihadis eventually turn to violence, Ramsay asks why there are thousands who do not. The answer, he argues, can be found by seeing online jihadism as a subculture with its own practices, rewards, and self-justifications." continue reading E-International Relations (E-IR)

    Book Description:

    Examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life.

    This unique survey features case studies, such as the cyberjihadi "Irhabi 007," pro-US and Israeli "patriots" who are often openly Islamophobic, and "Infovlad" --a forum that became the meeting place for radical Islamists and radical freelance "counter terrorists."

    This innovative approach to studying violent content on the Internet is a significant contribution to the literature that will appeal to anyone interested in political violence, terrorism, and political communication.
    Contents:
    Chapter 1: Terror on the Internet?
    Chapter 2: Alternative Media, and its Alternatives
    Chapter 3: Jihadi Content on the Word Wide Web
    Chapter 4: Jihadi Forums in their Own Words
    Chapter 5: Disagreeable Disagreements
    Chapter 6: Being a Jihadi on the Internet
    Chapter 7: Some other ‘Jihadi’ Consumption Cultures: Crusaderism, War Porn, Shock
    Chapter 8: Jihadism between Fantasy and Virtuality: A Tentative Conclusion
    Glossary of Arabic Terms
    On the same shelf:
    This volume examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life.

    This unique survey features case studies, such as the cyberjihadi "Irhabi 007," pro-US and Israeli "patriots" who are often openly Islamophobic, and "Infovlad" --a forum that became the meeting place for radical Islamists and radical freelance "counter terrorists."

    This innovative approach to studying violent content on the Internet is a significant contribution to the literature that will appeal to anyone interested in political violence, terrorism, and political communication. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/jihadi-culture-on-the-world-wide-web-9781441124395/#sthash.a9q38nxN.dpuf

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Beliefnet's How To Social Media Proof Your Marriage; Plus weekly faithwise roundup

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