Identities: Understanding Islam in a Cross-Cultural Context is a collaborative project conducted by staff and students from the Ben M’Sik Community Museum in Casablanca, Morocco and the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw, Georgia. This online exhibition seeks to dispel stereotypes of Muslims and Islam with a particular emphasis on the local communities of both participating museums. The project teams in Morocco and the United States are aware that these are very sensitive issues, but we believe that understanding and trust only comes through education and dialogue.
On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the sense that Muslims are dangerous and/or anti-American was a persistent narrative. The American students working on the Identities project were asked to attend 9/11 commemorations in North Georgia to examine how narratives about Islam and Muslim life shape our national consciousness. Click here to view the student responses.
For a small sample of articles about how Islam was represented in the media around the tenth anniversary of 9/11, click here.
For information about two community-based discussions in Georgia about Islam around 9/11, click here.
At the beginning of our grant project, students on both teams were asked to reflect on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, particularly on how the media and local communities observed and commemorated the anniversay and how Muslims were portrayed in those commemorations. Project team members from Kennesaw State University attended local commemoration ceremonies around the metro Atlanta area. Robyn Gagne reflects on the Alpharetta, Georgia, commemoration ceremony and Matt Scott on a similar observance in Woodstock.