Islamic Cultural Celebration

Islamic Cultural Celebration 2014

 “Islam Diversified: from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe”

Spanning from the African nations of Zimbabwe and Tanzania to the Northern nations of Russia and Mongolia, Islam as both a religion and culture has become as divergent and different as the peoples who embrace it. Indeed, Islam has transcended beyond boundaries and evolved with the changing nations and times. Because the very essence of Islam calls for unity in diversity, it is with that new mind-set that we invite you to celebrate the multifaceted cultures in Islam. Please join the Islamic Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we savor delicious Mediterranean foods, experiment with a new form of art, and learn about the colorful peoples that unify Islam!


Islamic Cultural Celebration Kick-off

Monday, March 31 | 4 p.m.| Ball Circle

Rain location: Lee Hall, the Underground

Join ISA as they kick-off the celebration on Ball Circle featuring a cultural slide-show, music, henna and Mediterranean food. Come and chat with the officers and learn about the events for the week!


Islamic Calligraphy 101

Tuesday, April 1 | 7:30 p.m.| Melchers Hall, room 102

Artist Arjumand Abbas, an abstract and contemporary artist, will present an introductory calligraphy workshop where participants will be able to create their own piece of Islamic art. Calligraphy is a classic form of artistic expression that requires skill and patience. Have fun and get creative! All art supplies will be provided.


Cultural Diffusion in Islam

Wednesday, April 2 | 7 p.m. | Monroe Hall, room 346

UMW faculty will have a panel discussion on the flourishing and diversity of Islamic culture across continents. Cultural diffusion describes the divergence of Islam over the course of 1400 years and how people incorporated Islam into their own cultures and traditions.


Islamic Cultural Celebration Banquet Keynote Speaker: Salma Elkadi Abugideiri

Thursday, April 3| 6 p.m. | Faculty/Staff Dining Room, Seacobeck Hall Co-sponsored by the Islamic Student Association

Salma Abugideiri1Salma Elkadi Abugideiri is Co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project, an organization dedicated to educating Muslim community leaders and members about domestic violence. Salma provides educational workshops and develops resources related to domestic violence among Muslims. She is a contributing author to several books including Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious Traditions, and Change from Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities. She has also co-authored a brief guide for helping professionals entitled What Islam Says About Domestic Violence. In addition, she is associate producer of the video Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families. She is also a member of the Interfaith Coalition against Domestic Violence, a national effort with a focus on guiding policy and legislation that supports domestic violence survivors.


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044; Lee Hall 211; or via email at