Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

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The Bridging Cultures: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibition examines the central role of poetry in the everyday lives of Muslim men and women through three entry points: 1) Themes, such as poetry and identity;  poetry and politics; poetry and orality; poetry and conflict resolution; and poetry’s continued oral prominence in music; 2) Poets - from Rumi and Mirza Ghalib to contemporary poets from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and North Africa; and 3) Poetic Forms (i.e. the ghazal, the epic, the qasida). 

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the San Francisco Public Library. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, in partnership with the Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco.

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