Scribe Video Center presents
Muslim Voices of Philadelphia - Premiere
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Scribe Video Center’s Muslim Voices of Philadelphia is a new community history project, using media to explore some of the rich histories of Philadelphia area Muslim communities. This selection includes a series of short community media pieces, utilizing interviews and oral-history research to discuss contemporary practices and experiences. Philadelphia is an important historic center for Islam in America. In addition to the presence of major figures like Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz), and movements like the Ahmadiyya movement, vibrant and diverse Muslim populations have emerged and settled in the region. Muslim Voices of Philadelphia shares stories that are both part of the history of Islam in Philadelphia and the history of the city itself.
Working with Scribe, members of local Muslim communities and religious and cultural organizations, collaborated with media arts producers and scholars. They explored how to best tell their stories, and how to address their complex cultural experiences, including how they choose to define themselves. These collaborative pieces focus on diverse topics, including key organizational and institutional histories, immigration, conversion stories, and the experience of women in Islam.
Muslim Voices of Philadelphia features community media pieces by: Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship and Mosque; Lajna Ima’illah (the women’s auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community); Masjid Freehaven; Masjid Muhammad; Masjidullah Masjid; Moorish Science Temple of America, Inc., Temple #11; Muslim Student Association at the University of Pennsylvania; Qaams (Qu’aid AmeerAbdul-Majeed Staten Hajj Foundation); The New Africa Center (Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, ICPIC).
Muslim Voices of
Philadelphia has been supported by the Pew Center
for Arts and Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works.