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February 21, 2024 / Muslim News Magazine

International Museum of Muslim Cultures opens "Journey to Understanding: Palestine & Israel Unveiled" Exhibit

(Los Angeles, CA) – In the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, a groundbreaking institution is challenging perceptions, fostering dialogue, and enlightening visitors about the vast and varied contributions of Muslim civilizations to the world. The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC), a pioneering museum dedicated to educating people about Islamic history and culture, stands as a beacon of knowledge and understanding in an increasingly interconnected world.

On Friday, March 1, IMMC will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the Muslim galleries re-opening after major renovations and unveiling a new photography exhibit by world-renowned Palestinian artist Basel Almisshal.

Established in 2001, the IMMC has grown from a modest exhibition into a comprehensive cultural institution, the first of its kind in the United States. Its mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Muslims, bridging gaps and building connections across communities through the power of education and the arts.

The museum's founders, Okolo Rashid and Emad Al-Turk, envisioned a place where the complex tapestry of Muslim cultures could be explored in depth, beyond the headlines. "Our goal was to create a space where people could engage with the diverse stories, art, and science of the Islamic world," Rashid explains. "We wanted to highlight how Muslims have been an integral part of humanity's journey."

The new exhibit is based on the country of Oman, located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, spanning the entire mouth of the Persian Gulf. Basel lived in Oman for seven years and captured the true essence of Omani beauty with his lenses during his time in the Sultanate.

The IMMC is not just a museum; it's a vibrant community hub, hosting cultural events, art exhibitions, and interfaith dialogues that draw people from all walks of life. "It's about opening minds and hearts," Al-Turk remarks. "We've seen how exposure to different cultures and histories can change perceptions. That's the power of education."

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, which begins at 9:00 am, will include a grand tour of the museum's renovations, and there will also be a panel discussion about the ongoing conflict.

For visitors to Jackson, the museum offers a unique and enlightening experience, inviting people from all backgrounds to explore the contributions of Muslim cultures to humanity's shared heritage. Whether you're a history buff, an art lover, or someone curious about the world, the International Museum of Muslim Cultures is a must-visit destination that promises to inspire and educate.

Please visit their official website for more information about the International Museum of Muslim Cultures, including scheduling tours and upcoming events. 

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