Family

These are two little girls who are my cousins playing around with each other. It was taken last summer, in July 2011, in Ouarzazate (a city that is far away from Marrakech by 200… ...more

American Flag

I believe this picture speaks for itself. It was taken on Veteran's Day 2011. It represents America. ...more

Girls Celebrating, Eid al-Fitr

It is a Moroccan tradition that the second day of El Eid little girls will prepare their own meal in the neighborhood in a collective way. [Eid is a Muslim holiday celebrating the end of… ...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

Unknown Soldier, Marietta National Cemetery

This picture was taken at a cemetery near the Marietta square. To me, this photo represents freedom and America. ...more

Children's World

This was taken near my grand parents’ house in Anassi, Casablanca, Morocco. The day of Eid (the day of fast breaking after Ramadan) is a day for children to receive new clothes, get money,… ...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

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

The Prayer of Eid al-Fitr

The festival of fast breaking. This was taken in Ben M’sik Mussallah (outdoor space for Eid prayer). At the end of Ramadan (9th month of the Islamic Calendar), all Muslims celebrate a… ...more

Rabat Sea-Migration-Matt.jpg

This is a picture of the Kasbah des Ouidaias, one of the oldest parts of Rabat, Morocco, taken from Salé across the Bou Regreg river. ...more

About

Identities

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.