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Al-Andalus: Pardes/Paradise at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Al-Andalus: Pardes/Paradise” Art Exhibit
Interfaith Community Sanctuary Newsletter
Meet the Artist! The traveling art exhibit “Al-Andalus: Pardes / Paradise” created by Anne Shams is currently on display in our Fellowship Hall. The exhibit is inspired by the 700 years of harmony between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures in southern Spain (Al-Andalus.) Anne shares the morning Message with Jamal Rahman on 10/20, 10:00 AM.
More about the traveling art exhibit “Al-Andalus: Pardes / Paradise”created by Anne Shams:
For seven centuries in southern Spain, or al-Andalus as the Arabs called it, Paradise was created in the cross fertilization and freedom between three major cultures: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim. In 755 AD Abd al-Rahman, began an era that assimilated the architectural styles in Spain, with Arabian motifs. He built the Great mosque within the existing church that survives today. in Cordoba. The rich synthesis and mixture of the three cultures prevailed while in northern Europe books were being burned and culture destroyed, al-Andalus was creating and preserving them. The exhibit is inspired by and is an homage to this time.