Muslims with Christians & Jews: Covenants & Coexistence
June 28, 2019 through February 28, 2020
Over the last eighteen years, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) has brought thought-provoking exhibitions and programs of national and international significance to the public. It is, however, the museum’s current undertaking that is perhaps the most imperative due to its timely ability to bring people of different faiths together. IMMC will premiere “Muslims with Christians and Jews: An Exhibition of Covenants and Coexistence,” the most consequential project in the museum’s history. One of the goals of the Exhibit is to help visitors discover what Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have in common and build bridges of understanding. Its subject matter is of crucial importance to the well-being of our nation and the world.
Taking visitors back to a time when people of many faiths lived side by side and worshipped in peace, the exhibition presents historical covenants and treaties that Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) made with Christians and Jews living amongst each other in the city of Medina. The Exhibit introduces the “peace-building leadership of Muhammad, as both a Prophet and Head of State, who prepared the first Constitution in history for his multiethnic, multiracial, multilingual and multi-religious Commonwealth.” The constitution, which may have influenced that of the U.S., will be on display as will other covenants of protection.
The exhibit explores the historical and current relationship between Islam and America, highlighting the positive views of our Founding Fathers on Islam, and what they knew and said about Islam. This theme is further explored through the struggle for freedom in America, featuring the voices of African Americans Muslims, and connecting this struggle to today’s Islamophobia, immigrants rights, Black Lives Matter, and the continuing struggle for civil and human rights in the United States of America.
Muslims with Christian & Jews: An Exhibition of Covenants & Coexistence
A new exhibition that explores the history of Islam and the coexistence of the first Muslims with their non-Muslim community members. Muslims with Christians and Jews: Covenants and Coexistence presents exclusive covenants and treaties of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and offers a refreshing reminder of how all people can coexist in peace and harmony with understanding and acceptance of each other.
Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word
In the last millennium an important global legacy was uncovered—the literate culture of AFRICA—symbolized in the extraordinary richness of historical manuscripts that still survive today. These ancient documents reveal that a sophisticated literate culture flourished in the city of Timbuktu on the edge of the Sahara Desert beginning in the 13th century and lasting more than 700 years. A crossroads of international caravan commerce, including the book trade, Timbuktu was also a celebrated center of learning, attracting scholars and thousands of students and teachers from many countries and backgrounds.
Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West
The IMMC opened in April 2001 with a debut exhibition, Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West as part of The Majesty of Spain, an international exhibition at the Mississippi Arts Pavilion. The exhibition came about when in 2000, Ms. Okolo Rashid was as excited as most other Mississippians at the prospect of the upcoming blockbuster exhibition “The Majesty of Spain: Royal Collections from the Museo del Prado and Patrimonio Nacional.
The IMMC Collection