Doorway to Islamic Civilization

Friday, November 9th 2012 to Sunday, November 11th 2012

Doorway to Islamic Civilization: Hands-on Islamic Art and Culture Workshops

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland

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Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, scent, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  ”Doorway to Islamic Civilization”, a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

The 34 workshops fall under 7 classifications:  Art & Architecture, Arts & Crafts, Calligraphy, Lifestyle & Culture, Music, Writing, and Youth.
You may pick and choose from these 34 workshops, registering for each one separately.  You may enroll in as many workshops as your schedule will allow, or in as few as one.
Registration is on a per workshop basis.  Tickets to the film showing and the Dhikr are are also sold separately.  Registration and tickets are all on

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan CoalitionThe Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)Aslan MediaThe Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in BerkeleyCouncil on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA)Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.