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|UK: IAW: 22-28th November|
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|Islam Awareness Week|
Islam Awareness Week is a pro-active initiative that seeks to help Muslims and non-Muslims to come together in a climate of understanding and appreciation.
It was established by the Islamic Society of Britain in 1994 to invite all Muslims to work together during the week in sharing Islam with the public at large, providing information regarding its message and way of life, and removing misunderstandings in the process.
This year's theme is 'Your Muslim Neighbour' and seeks to highlight the valuable contributions made by British Muslims to everyday British society. It follows on from last year's theme about Muslim Heritage and the influence of Islamic civilisation in British history. To find out more about this year's theme and themes from previous years, click here.
On this website you will find a list of events and activities taking place up and down the country as part of Islam Awareness Week. In particular we are truly honoured to have the Shakepeares Globe theatre company help launch the week with a series of staged readings, recitals and lectures by renowned scholars to coincide with the week.
This year on October 27th, you are invited to join in a national day of Fasting To Remember the plight of those most in need. It is in the second week of the Muslim month of Ramadan and by joining the fast you can pledge money to provide health care, welfare needs and employment opportunities to some of the poorest people in the world as well as help local charity causes.
Whether you are a teacher, journalist, student, or just happened to come across this website we hope that you will find the information that you are looking for. Please consult the links on the left for more information about Islam in general, Muslims in British history from the 8th century onwards and many other things including the Virtual Classroom, which is a schools resource website for material related to the Muslim contribution to science, medicine, mathematics, architecture, music and the arts.
We hope the material and events listed on this website will inspire you to come and join in the activities this year and in future years - everyone is welcome to all the activities listed here.
The 2004 IAW national launch will take place at the Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London within their autumn Shakespeare and Islam season. Globe Education will contribute a series of events culminating in a souk celebrating Islamic arts and crafts presented in association with The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and the Khayaal Theatre Company. The exterior walls of the Globe will be illuminated with Peter Sanders’ photographic images of Islamic lands, architecture and peoples.
Over 20 speakers will share their knowledge and wisdom at the Globe this autumn including Dr Martin Lings as our International Shakespeare Globe Fellow, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr Ziauddin Sardar.
The 400th anniversary of the first recorded performance of Othello will be marked with staged readings of four plays in which Moors of Turks appear, including a rare performance of the 1622 edition of Othello. Othello will also feature, in both English and Arabic, in a series of workshops on the Globe stage for children with special educational needs.
In addition the “Tent of Peace” will be launched during IAW 2004. School children will be able to help create a Tent of Peace by designing and embroidering 'handkerchiefs of peace' inspired by Islamic designs and messages of peace. The handkerchiefs will be sewn together to create the lining for the Tent of Peace.
For more details about all the events visit www.shakespeares-globe.org
Islam Awareness Week (IAW) is an opportunity to promote awareness of Islam across Britain in order to remove prejudices that promote Islamophobia. It is a unique opportunity involving everyone throughout the country, irrespective of their faith, school of thought or group affiliation. Everyone is invited to come forward and join hands in practical efforts to rid Britain of Islamophobia.
Every organisation or person that takes part in IAW will have their name and the details of their activity posted on the IAW website. Please forward the details (by email if possible) of your IAW activity, date/time, venue, name of your organisation and contact details using the information below:
National IAW Coordinator
Tel: 07092 359611
For ideas/information on what to do, please consult the Getting Started Action Pack under the Resources link, or contact the Islamic Society of Britain:
The Whitechapel Centre
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