Three Opportunities to Celebrate Arabian Peninsula this Week

September 29, 2014

The Division of Global Affairs is hosting a full schedule of events this week celebrating the Year of Arabian Peninsula. Whether you are interested in regional clothing, religion, or even mathematics, the Year Of program has something for you.

First off is a unique event that will help guests better understand the origins and purpose behind the Muslim hijab, or head scarf. The event, called The Many Faces of the Hijab, features expert presenters from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta explaining why many Muslim women choose to wear the hijab, and what it says about their identities.

Female guests also have the opportunity to try on the hijab and are free to wear it around campus. Participants will gain valuable insight into another culture. Anyone interested should bring their own scarf (there will be workshops on how to tie it).

The Many Faces of the Hijab will be held Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014 from 12:30pm-2:00pm in Social Sciences 1019, and again Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 from 12:30pm-2:00pm in the Student Center Leadership Room. Guest speakers include Soumaya Khalifa, founder and executive director of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, and Noor Abbady, also with the IVB.

On Thursday Oct. 2, the Year of Arabian Peninsula celebration continues with Intersecting Currents in Arabic Mathematics at 12:30pm in Social Sciences 1019. During the middle ages, the Arabian Peninsula was the center of the mathematical world. Find out how mathematicians in the region borrowed from ancient Greece, the near east, and India to develop modern geometry, algebra, and astronomical tables.

Intersecting Currents in Arabic Mathematics features Dr. Jeffrey A. Oakes, professor and chair of mathematics and computer science at the University of Indianapolis.

Finally, be sure to visit the Social Sciences Atrium that evening for the opening reception of Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam. This exhibit consists of 24 displays with graphics and text describing religious practices in Oman. Having already been displayed in Brazil, Germany, Japan, Spain, and several other countries, comes to Kennesaw State thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman. It tells the story of modern Oman, which values the free exercise of religion for people of all faiths.

Tolerance, Understanding, Coexistence: Oman’s Message of Islam will be viewable in the Social Sciences Atrium until Oct. 31. The opening reception is Oct. 2, 2014 at 5:00pm.

Whether you plan to come to just one event or all three, there is no shortage of exciting cultural learning opportunities on campus this week.

For more on these and other events, visit the Year of Arabian Peninsula home page.

-Patrick Harbin