September 11th Flags

This is a field of flags at the 9/11 memorial at Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield. It was very moving and gave me a feeling of pride and reminded me how devastating 9/11 was to this country. ...more

Olive Shop, Marrakesh

This image captures the diversity I experienced in Morocco. Here, Samir El Azar (left) stands with the two owners of a spice shop in the Marrakesh Souk. Samir pointed out that these two… ...more

Lastic Game

This was taken in Majmoua’a 3 (group 3), Ben M’sik neighborhood, Casablanca, Morocco. It shows a girls’ game which is called Lastic and uses an elastic ribbon.

Leaving Hassan II Mosque

This woman, wearing traditional Moroccan garb, is leaving Hassan II Mosque after Friday Prayers. ...more

Prayer Rugs

As one of the Five Pillars of Faith, prayer is the cornerstone of the Islamic Faith. While visiting the Tombs of the Saâdies in Marrakech, Morocco, I ran across these prayer rugs set aside… ...more

Christmas Lights as Tradition

The Christmas Lights and the Christmas tree were set up after Thanksgiving. This picture represents tradition. Every year, in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many places begin to… ...more

MCCA Henna

Several of our project members display their henna tattoos during a party thrown by students of the Ben M'sik Community Museum for visiting members from the Museum of Holocaust and History… ...more

After Prayers, Hassan II

I took this photo after Friday prayers at Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. I found it intriguing that one of these two friends was wearing very modern Western garb, while the other… ...more


This pool in Marrakech, Morocco was once the training ground for Moroccan soldiers preparing to fight in World War II, but is now a community center for the ancient city of Marrakech. In the… ...more

Rowboat, Rabat

This rowboat is crossing from Rabat to Salé, the neighboring town. Each day residents of both Rabat and Sale migrate across the Bou Regreg river that separates them to work, shop and… ...more



In our global society with increased interaction between people from different cultural, religious, political, and social backgrounds, dialogue and understanding are paramount to a peaceful society.

Identities: Understanding Islam in a Cross Cultural Context is an online exhibition created by the Museum of History and Holocaust Education (MHHE) at Kennesaw State University and the Ben M'Sik Community Museum (BMCM) at Hassan II University, Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Ben M'sik, Morocco, to increase knowledge about each other’s cultural traditions and promote conversations within our communities.

By exploring Moroccan and American identity through photographs, oral histories, conversation, and personal reflection, we can learn about cultural commonalities and differences in a meaningful, open way.